This year, most of us have experienced loneliness to some degree. While we have never been more connected digitally, the recent COVID-19 outbreak forced families to separate and communities to isolate. Although we could chat to people miles and countries away, we were unable to meet those we love face-to-face. Some of the effects of this are still trickling into our everyday lives. Living in this new normal has made many of us feel lonelier than ever before. Such prolonged feelings of isolation can come with serious health problems, both mental and physical. Feelings of isolation are often associated with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. It turns out that connectedness is vital for our health and life.
Telling other people you’re lonely can seem scary and shameful. However, expressing your emotions – even if it is loneliness – is the beginning of releasing it. The stigma of being lonely is one where we think of these people are being losers or a loner. However, that is not the case. Denying our loneliness only perpetuates it. Before we are able to recover, we have to be honest with ourselves.
You don’t have to go out and make one hundred friends to resolve your feelings of loneliness. Many of us get tunnel vision where we think that a certain community or a certain number of people in our circle will help us feel more involved. When you think this way, it sets you up for failure as it presents a goal that you are always unsatisfied with. Don’t overlook the connections and friends you already have. Even if you can count them on only one hand, it is essential to see the value in those connections.
Believe it or not, but feeling lonely is actually a shared experience. People all over the world – especially since COVID-19 – are feeling lonely at times. It’s even possible to feel lonely while surrounded by people. There can be solace in knowing that you are not along in your feelings.
Because loneliness is a somewhat widespread issue, there are many people online who are looking for people to connect with. Although you have to be careful who you meet over the internet, you can find real support, connection, and lasting friendships from likeminded people online.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by feelings of loneliness and nothing seems to help, consider reaching out to a professional. Sometimes we need help to escape the dark thoughts keeping us in isolation. Find a licensed therapist in your area to find reliable outside help that can assist you in dealing with these feelings of loneliness.
How are you handling loneliness in a healthy way? Let us know! If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.