LONELINESS, this is a word mostly used amongst men. It always finds a way into our world not once and not twice. It is a trite word that even from its pronunciation we can ultimately identify with the feeling. The word has not just seeped into our lexicon we can identify with it.
Loneliness can be defined as the feeling as if there is a void that needs to be filled. Now, don’t mistake alone time as loneliness. Being and wanting to be alone is quite therapeutic at times. It enables you to go deeper into your thoughts, to self-evaluate yourself which is quite needed at times if I may say. There is a sense of feeling complete despite being in solitude.
Loneliness is accompanied by feelings of rejection, exclusion, feeling ignored, and unlovable. Lonely people may seek to have connections with people but because of having such negative feelings and being full of anxiety and sadness, it makes it hard for them to interact with the rest of the world. Leading to the creation of pain and lonesomeness.
Loneliness and its impacts on Health and Wellbeing
Loneliness is a risk factor for depression, poor sleeping patterns, increased stress, and Type 2 diabetes. Especially with these uncertain times due to COVID-19, the situation of people feeling lonely has worsened. People have turned to drugs and alcohol and more and more people have fallen into depression.
Loneliness goes hand in hand with addiction. This is because people are looking for ways to cope with loneliness and as a result addiction kicks in. A lot of people have turned into heavy drinking in their houses making it hard to stop. Addiction can be difficult to overcome but it is possible. One can try and look for an activity that will assist them in forgetting about drugs and alcohol. Also, it is quite necessary to look after your loved ones and find out how they are coping. Keep in mind that help is available.