Loneliness is a complex and pervasive problem. It affects people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Loneliness can be the result of many factors such as physical or mental illness, social isolation, or loss of a loved one.

There are many ways to overcome loneliness. Some individuals may find it helpful to connect with others who share their interests or experiences; some may find it helpful to become more active in their communities; some may find it helpful to talk with a professional therapist or counselor; and some may find it helpful to pursue creative activities that bring them joy.

Before we dive in for a solution, what are the types of loneliness?

Loneliness is a feeling of being alone, having no friends, or not being part of the group.

Types of Loneliness

Social Loneliness- Being alone because of personal choice and not wanting to be with anyone. Oftentimes, this is because you are feeling different from other people in your social circle. A lack of rapport between your interests and theirs.

Situational Loneliness- Feeling lonely because there are no people in close proximity to you. This can be caused when you just move to a new city or a new job.

Emotional Loneliness- Feeling lonely because you have been abandoned by your friends or family. This is what I call, “No time for you” loneliness. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have friends, but they are preoccupied with their own lives and are not able to meet with you on a regular basis as it was in the past.

Love Interest Loneliness- Being alone by not having a trusted and intimated relationship with a romantic partner. Without a doubt, this type of loneliness can occur in a marriage or when you are lacking a deep connection with the person that you are with.

Self-reflection is the doorway to find the best of you!

by Ernesto

Overcoming loneliness

Loneliness has its root from our need for support and a sense of belonging to a group. The cure to loneliness is the exact opposite. Instead of looking for validation and support outside of yourself, the remedy is to look inside of you. Take for example, many people will stay in bad and toxic relationships in order to keep an image (social status, religious), even though being in that relationship doesn't serve them.

The key here is to admit to yourself and be accountable, that you were insincere to yourself in order to gain support. Be appreciative and grateful of who you are. Challenge and do the things that make you feel good in your mind, body and spirits. Look inward and find yourself, then you can share to the world what you have to offer. The time you spent alone in self-reflection is the opening door to discover the real you, the best of you.