Quite a few studies lately are showing a definite link between loneliness and chronic illness. With this in mind, I felt it prudent to share some ideas on how to resolve this issue.
Join a support group ~ talk to your Rheumatologist about local groups or look online.
I joined a group on Facebook shortly after my diagnosis.
Have a pet ~ Studies show that people with pets are more social. Going to dog parks, sharing pics, information about pets is a good way to make new friends.
Get involved in community activities ~ What cause is nearest and dearest to your heart? As much as your physically/mentally able donate your time.
Church groups ~ I can’t say I’m overly involved in my church. When I lived in Az, I was a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector. I was also involved in community outreach ~ helping the homeless and doing other outreach projects with my son who was a Squire. Now that I live in Ohio. I’m no longer able to do as much. I go to Mass still as much as possible. I also try to stay active in groups.
Church is a great place to meet people!
How politically active are you? Is this important to you? Volunteering your time to help a candidate is a great way to meet people who share your views. Making phone calls. Stuffing envelopes.
Take a yoga and/or tai chi class. These forms of exercise are excellent for Arthritis and Fibro!
Water exercise classes ~ another powerful way for those like to get exercise and meet new people.
The local library ~ Most libraries have classes. Movie nights. Groups… etc. I have made some wonderful friends this way.
Hope this helps! Love and hugs ~ Shellie