It is inevitable that most of us will experience loneliness at some point or another. Many may experience it many times in their lives, and many may experience different types of loneliness. Loneliness is usually attributed to the elderly but it also affects young people from the 16 – 24 age group.
Loneliness has been linked to a number of illnesses and negative conditions. Professionals recommend that we should take it seriously when someone reveals they are lonely because it usually means they are having difficulty in other areas of their lives. Feeling lonely can be a mental health issue by itself.
There are a number of ways that people have developed to deal with loneliness, here are some:
- Acknowledge when you are feeling lonely. Sometimes the feeling creeps up, but admitting you are feeling lonely at any point in your day, week, or month is the first step to understanding you aren’t feeling at your best. When we acknowledge our loneliness, we prevent ourselves from potentially waving it off and ignoring it until it becomes a serious matter.
- Make contact with people you know and meet up with them. This may be difficult especially if your daily schedule is strict, but it’s important to take some time for yourself, put effort into meeting the people you know. Even taking the step to call someone can help immensely. There doesn’t need to be any agenda, you can just talk about what’s happening with your life, and find out what’s been happening with other people you know. Connecting with people will prevent you from isolation.
- Find some time for yourself and enjoy that time: You can relax, read a book, catch up on some news, indulge in your hobbies, clean the house, or anything that you enjoy doing and fulfills you. Your own time allows you time for self-reflection, and gives you room to sort out your own thoughts and emotions and do the things you love.
Loneliness is not always bad, and it can be managed, but if you really feel lonely for prolonged periods of time, you should consider professional counselling. It might also help to know that you aren’t alone even if you feel like you are.
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