Loneliness can be one of the most difficult emotional states a person can experience. Most people feel lonely at times, but when it happens consistently, it can leave you longing for a sense of connection and belonging. Loneliness doesn’t necessarily emerge because you are alone, and the lack of connection can be especially painful when you’re surrounded by people or in a relationship.
Studies show the impact of loneliness on both your physical and mental health can be significant. It can increase the risk of depression, anxiety, and heart disease and can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness can show up in all sorts of ways – such as an ache in your chest or a sense of emptiness that won’t go away. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one going through it, but that’s not true. Lots of people experience loneliness, even if they don’t talk about it.
The good news is you don’t have to feel lonely forever. There are ways to build connections with others and create a sense of community that can really make a difference. It may take some time, effort, and support, but it’s worth it. Together we can explore what might be getting in the way of your current relationships, reflecting on what has or hasn’t worked previously, and identifying small changes to your daily habits and beliefs. With some perseverance, self-reflection, and guidance, you can build the connections and relationships that will change your life!