The Ultimate Life Hack for Self-Employment Loneliness
Ditched the nine-to-five in favour of the seemingly glamorous world of self-employment, but wound up feeling more isolated than independent? A 2017 survey conducted by Aldermore revealed that 39 per cent of entrepreneurs in the UK struggle with loneliness. By taking part in some social and team-based volunteer work, the “love hormone” oxytocin is triggered, followed by an increase in feelings of optimism, self-esteem and trust. The sense of achievement gained from volunteer work also triggers a significant increase in dopamine, which can lead to an altruism-based “helper’s high”.
Try… Volunteering at your local animal rescue centre, as spending time with animals is widely recognised as a way to increase dopamine and oxytocin levels. This incredibly rewarding opportunity can make a huge difference to your mindset – as well as the furry friends. Plus, the need to go outside on walks in the fresh air will provide a bonus hit of endorphins and serotonin.