Our Mission - Combating Social Isolation
Team Norse Thunder
Team Norse Thunder is a British Esports organisation that uses the power of gaming to bring people together. Founded in 2016, Team Norse Thunder was originally launched as a passion project and became an officially registered CIC IN 2021. We want to help people fight social isolation and loneliness by running Esports projects to help those who suffer by bringing them into a welcoming community with others they can relate to and have a good time with. As a not-for-profit organisation, we focus our time, effort, and resources on helping these people build strong, positive relationships as a platform to help them tackle any social barriers they face.
Working to help eradicate social isolation and loneliness is at the very core of what Team Norse Thunder do. Limited social connections can have a devastating impact on someone’s life and that’s a problem for both that individual person and society as a whole.
What is Social Isolation?
Social isolation is the lack of social connections and having only a few people to interact with regularly. Loneliness is the state of mind that is linked to wanting to have human contact but feeling alone. You can live alone and not experience any feelings of social isolation if you have a busy social life and lots of positive connections, but you can also feel lonely, even when surrounded by other people.
Causes of Social Isolation
There are varying factors and circumstances that can cause people to be isolated from others, or even choose to self-isolate. For Example:
- Abusive Relationships: Those in abusive relationships are sometimes forced or even choose to avoid contact with friends or family as they do not want others to know their true situation in fear.
- Loss of a loved one: Isolating after the loss of a loved one is common, especially among the elderly who may have lost many friends from their age group. But it is up to the people around them to support them and help them to grieve in a healthy way.
- Mental Health Issues: Issues such as depression and anxiety can often result in social isolation, but the reverse is also true. Social isolation can result in depression and anxiety.
- Disabilities: Whether from birth or an accident further down the line, disabilities can limit an individual’s ability to socially interact with others. Some may feel reluctant to interact based on their appearance. Whereas hearing and vision impairments can also create a sense of isolation.
Suffering with Social Isolation
People who suffer from social isolation can also suffer from low self-esteem or anxiety. There are some warning signs of unhealthy social isolation such as:
- Avoiding social interactions, including those you once found enjoyable.
- Experiencing anxiety or panic when thinking about social interactions.
- Feeling dread when associating with social activities.
- Cancelling plans frequently and feeling relief when those plans are cancelled.
- And spending large amounts of time alone, or with limited contact with others.
There are also several mental and physical ailments that those who are socially isolated can suffer from. Studies have shown that those with deficiencies in social relationships are associated with a higher risk for coronary heart disease and strokes. They even show a 40% increase in the risk of cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
What can you do if you live with Social Isolation?
It is important that those who deal with social isolation have some self-care strategies. These are important so you have some form of release for any built-up stress and anxiety you may have. It is also important to stay active and engage with others. For example, you may want to take up an old hobby, or take a class to learn something new, as you may enjoy interacting with other people who share similar interests with you.
If you are able, then consider adopting a pet. Animals are a good source of comfort who can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. It has also been shown that those who take care of an animal also take better care of themselves.
Make sure to schedule some time with friends and family, whether that’s face to face, email, text message or other social media. Talking with people you trust about your feelings can not only relieve stress and anxiety but can also strengthen your relationship overall, building a meaningful connection with those around you.
What support is out there?
The Red Cross has support lines that you can contact if you are struggling and need someone to talk to. They also have lots of information about social isolation and feelings of loneliness, and even share other people’s stories about how they overcame their struggles, whether they lost a loved one, or were starting over in a new country.
You can find support from The Red Cross here.
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