Posts Tagged ‘isolation’

I wonder how many people have ever googled, “What to do when you feel lonely?” – When they feel those deep pangs of loneliness and don’t know how they can cope.

lonelinessWhen we go to the doctors, we don’t expect them to give us a prescription before we even tell them our symptoms do we, so why do we hope for help when we ask a generic question about loneliness without first trying to establish why we feel lonely?

Instead of randomly trying things, hoping a generic one solution fits all will suddenly solve our problems, and then losing further hope and feeling worse when it doesn’t work, it’s better to identify what is causing you to feel lonely first. For example

  • If you used to be happy in your own company, what’s changed?
  • Do your friends make you feel lonely?
  • Do you feel isolated or alone at work or in your daily surrounding?

Once you identify the real cause of your loneliness it will help you find a way to take appropriate action and find a solution.

Good luck!

 

Loneliness is something most of us fear, yet most of us have felt it at some time or another. However it’s still a something of a taboo subject as we rarely talk about.

So what exactly is loneliness?

To feel lonely is to be overwhelmed by an unbearable feeling of separateness, at a very deep level. To some degree, it is a totally normal emotion, a part of growing up. At birth, we all start the process of separation, the growth towards becoming individuals. Also, from our earliest months, as awareness of our separateness dawns upon us, the parallel need to seek relationship begins.
 
It’s a balancing act, between the search for intimacy and an acceptance of isolation that continues throughout life. However smoothly our life has moved from birth to adulthood, there’s bound to be times in our lives when this process of growing up, of becoming separate selves, feels difficult; times when we feel anxious, abandoned, unloved, insecure. i.e. we feel lonely.

Many classify aloneness and solitude as the same thing, and think of them as negative things. Mention the word “lonely” to many people and they’ll imagine an isolated figure huddled in a corner, but in reality being alone is not the same as being lonely. There are in fact a lot of people who happily choose solitude as a way of life – Some people need to be alone to allow creativity to blossom.

Some Causes of Loneliness

The particular stresses of modern life tend to make people particularly vulnerable to loneliness. Changes in employment practice, health problems, a rising divorce rate, it’s easier to move house these days, and many people of various ages live alone these days, have all caused many people to suffer the pain of loneliness.

We live in a world which is full of inequalities – a world in which many people feel excluded. When people feel excluded, they feel as though they have no voice  as so feel powerless, disregarded and lonely.

Many people still treat single parents, homeless people, unemployed, homeless and those with mental health problems in a negative way, usually through ignorance. However by treating them in this way they can feel even more isolated. I can make them feel as if the circumstances they find themselves in that is ultimately at the root of their loneliness, is somehow their own fault.

I’ve said it before in my blog, but it really is so true, it really is possible to feel lonely in a crowd. It may be a surprise to hear that even those who are always surrounded by people may still feel desperately lonely and may in fact have an active social life, a busy job, a stable relationship, and a family.