Is it possible to be socially isolated while living in luxurious surroundings in the middle of a vibrant city of some 600,000 people. You bet! You might wonder how it could happen in this day and age? But it does…
Becoming socially isolated can just happen! There doesn’t have to be any sinister reasons behind it, usually it happens as a result of a range of contributing factors such as:
– Seemingly harmless habits like not wanting to make an effort can result in any of us allowing our friendship and support circle to shrink…this means we have less and less support as time goes by.
– Long term health issues can impact mobility and your ability to get out and about. Imagine the impact that could have on your confidence.
– Cultural differences sometimes an unwillingness to embrace cultural diversity results in not being confident in social or business situations.
– Devotion to a person in need can result in your circle of influence shrinking and increase your isolation.
– Family members living away from the nuclear family unit often causes isolation.
– Pride and embarrassment can frequently result in people withdrawing from a situation or environment, so again the support circle and circle of influence shrinks even further than ever before.
– Being a carer.
– A language barrier.
Check out this link to the Queensland Government website to find out more on how to access respite care for friends or loved ones. Please do what you can to stop them from becoming vulnerable and isolated.