In a world where we are so digitally connected, we have never been so alone. A worldwide social isolation epidemic is in full force, with over nine million people in the UK suffering from always or often being alone.
The ITV mental wellness campaign ‘Britain Get Talking’ has been seen across our television screens, with the aim being to get over 10 million people to take action to improve their mental health. Silencing our screens is supposed to help us to engage in conversation with the loved ones around us, removing all distractions. However, with over a quarter of UK households containing just one person, this can prove challenging to interact in regular conversation, and this is not only the elderly either. Research shows that when children leave home, solo parents can become isolated in their homes.
Now more than ever, we need to look after our mental wellness by actively seeking companionship and human interaction, mainly because strong relationships allow us to share our feelings and worries more openly. In doing this, we become more confident that we will be listened to and understood. Spending time with friends and loved ones release a neurochemical called oxytocin which supports the brains feel-good hormone, serotonin.
At High Life North, we recognise the importance of mental wellbeing and have come up with a brunch guide so that you and your friends or family can enjoy a delicious brunch dish and talk to each other without any distractions. This means smartphones and all technology is put away and off the table, so the time you have together is used efficiently and effectively.