What is The Importance of Companionship?
The definition of companionship is a ‘feeling of fellowship or friendship.’ As humans, we are social creatures and companionship is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. We are born into social groups and live as part of society. It is within our biology. Even those of us who would consider ourselves introverts still crave friendship. Below we will explore the importance of companionship.
How does companionship add value to our life?
Companionship provides benefits for both our mental and physical wellbeing. Among other benefits, studies have shown that companionship helps to keep your mind sharp and increases happiness. In fact, we mentioned the benefits of talking to someone in our Mental Health blog post.
Companionship is great for giving someone a sense of purpose. People require regular interaction with others to stay healthy. Having plans and looking forward to meeting a friend can create an incentive that wouldn’t otherwise be there.
The dangers of loneliness
Did you know that half a million people over 60 usually spend every day alone? This worrying statistic comes from Age UK. Research also reveals on Gransnet that over half their users admit to being lonely.
Loneliness can occur for a number of reasons throughout our lives. Life changes such as retirement, bereavement, moving to a new location, and becoming a mother can sometimes lead to feelings of loneliness. Loneliness can also lead to depression. It is detrimental to our physical and mental health and can occur at any age, at any stage of life.
It really is vital that we ensure we have a support network at times like these, but it’s not always easy or practical to put this into place. People are very busy, and we may not always live close by to friends and family.
How can Dorset Companions help with companionship?
Dorset Companions can step in and help. We know the importance of companionship and how daunting life can become without it. We understand that emotional and mental support is equally as important as physical support.
Companionship can help to:
- Stimulate positive thoughts
- Increase sense of purpose
- Avoid isolation
- Keep your mind sharp
- Support good memory
- Prevent loneliness
- Help you to set and achieve your goals
- Give you purpose
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Increase quality of life
- Reduce blood pressure
- Boost immunity
- Increase brain health
- Identify unhealthy habits and
- Encourage you to get out of the house.
And these are just some of the benefits!
At Dorset Companions we offer a variety of services that can help, and we can completely tailor them to your personal needs. Whether you’re a new mum, are at a later stage of life, have a disability, or are in need of companionship for another reason, there’s something we can do for you.
We offer help with everything from eco-friendly cleaning, cooking, taking clients out on day trips to helping sort through paperwork, and giving a hand with gardening work. And if you don’t need any of that sort of help, we’re here to come and see you for a chat and a warm cuppa. We offer a variety of packages and also have a specific package for new mums. You can view our packages here.
In our technological world, there are many ways to stay in touch with people. A phone call or FaceTime chat can be useful, but it’s just not the same as meeting with somebody in person. In fact, it has been suggested that people may become lonelier as technology advances. Spending time with someone in person is not only beneficial but also vital for mental health.
If you would like more information about what Dorset Companions offers and how we can help you or if you would like to book a FREE consultation, click here.