Ending Loneliness with LHA London
Everyone gets lonely, but we don’t always feel comfortable to admit or talk about it. Humans are social by nature, so it’s understandable that even the most introverted person needs company now and then. This week, it’s Loneliness Awareness Week, a campaign started by Marmalade Trust in 2017 to raise awareness of loneliness amongst people in the UK. And because LHA is a home away from home for many residents moving to London alone, we think it is important to tackle the stigma on talking about loneliness and give some tips on how to combat it.
Is loneliness normal?
A lot of people shy away from talking about loneliness, but it’s more common than you think. Did you know that over 9 million people in the UK say that they often feel lonely? Loneliness affects every age group, but according to the Office of National Statistics, millennials and young people aged 16 – 24 have reported feeling lonely more often than older people. Loneliness can be crippling, and as well as negative effects to your mental health, loneliness can also affect your physical health, with chronic loneliness said to be linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.
Easy ways to reduce loneliness
So, what can be done to tackle loneliness and the stigma against speaking out about it? Mind, a mental health charity, suggest joining a local peer support group to get together with other people who feel the same way, so that you can talk about what’s on your mind in a friendly and supportive environment. You can also join clubs or meet-up groups to find people with similar interests to you and make new friends. You could pick up the phone and call a friend or relative that you’ve not spoken to in a while. Even something as simple as smiling at strangers you pass by everyday can help eradicate feelings of loneliness or anxiety. If you’re feeling brave, give someone a compliment or make some small talk – you never know who else might need that positive interaction.
Tackle loneliness with co-living
Another way to reduce loneliness is by co-living. Here at LHA, we have 13 hostels around London with shared kitchens or dining rooms, meaning that you always have someone to talk to during meal times. Many of our friendly staff live on-site, so there is always someone on hand to help, or even just to chat. Lots of our residents have found living in shared accommodation to be a valuable experience:
“I found that LHA was the ideal place to stay in London. I stayed in a nice quiet neighbourhood with loads of shops and supermarkets just a 10-minute walk away! You also get to hang out with a really cool, diverse bunch of people.” – Yannick
“I have been a resident at Leinster House on several occasions in the space of 10 years and always love coming back here. There is a really nice atmosphere in the hostel and the staff are very kind and caring. There is a real sense of community in the hostel due to the fact that many residents are choosing to stay here long-term.” – Sophy
“I was living with two girls and never had problems with them. I really enjoyed the 11 months I stayed – I made very good friends!” – Dilyana
Have a look at our Instagram page to see the community life all over our hostels.
London is considered one of the loneliest cities in the world, however it doesn’t need be when you live in our friendly, affordable central London accommodation. We want you to feel at home, which is why many of our hostels have common rooms with TV areas where you can make yourself at home and meet new people. Many choose to stay with us so that they can meet like-minded people and build new lives – so no matter what your situation is, you’re bound to find someone with similar circumstances to you. A friendly face is never far away here at LHA.