Researchers have found that talking things over can relieve stress and prevent migraines. The study examined the affects of loneliness on a person, and found that it resulted in numerous detrimental health risks.
The 2009 study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This was a joint effort by scientists at the University of Chicago, the University of California, and Harvard University.
The participants in the study who reported that they were often lonely had much in common. They were often unhappy with their lives, lived alone, and spoke to family and friends on an infrequent basis. In addition, they often felt stressed or suffered from poor health.
An interesting finding was that loneliness can actually be contagious. People in the same social network (such as a dangerous neighborhood) may share the same feelings. However, there is a hypothesis that lonely people connect with others who feel the same way, so there are questions as to how contagious it actually is.
It was found that loneliness causes a person to feel stressed. This stress, in turn, leads to high blood pressure, migraines, ulcers and depression. However, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), a good social support network can effectively relieve stress. Talking things over with someone is one of the best methods of reducing stress. Talking to people helps prevent the results of stress, such as migraines and depression.
Moreover, The CMHA states that helping other people is even more beneficial. Someone who actively helps other people experiences improved self-esteem and self-confidence. In such a relationship, both people benefit tremendously.
If you feel lonely and depressed, talking to a neighbor or friend can help you relieve stress and prevent migraines.