Whether you are by yourself or surrounded by a group of people, you can still feel lonely.
Loneliness is the feeling of having a lack of companionship or feeling isolation. When we feel lonely it is our mind’s way of telling us to go and seek out social connections.
I recently saw a video of Lady Gaga speaking at Yale University at the Emotional Revolution Summit, and I was inspired to write this article on loneliness.
I feel our generation is prone to loneliness because we are not really connecting with each other in an intimate level, we just have more ways to communicate with each other because of social media.
What does loneliness look like?
The feeling of loneliness is not just about feeling disconnected, it is about feeling as if you do not belong. It is having superficial conversations. It involves creating division because you do not trust anyone. As a result, you have difficulty sleeping at night because you feel misunderstood since you are not letting people in.
You do not have to be ashamed of feeling lonely. In fact, we all feel this way from time to time, but there are things you can do to feel better and overcome this dreadful feeling.
1. Let your emotions out! Write, draw, speak out at poetry jams, etc.
2. Find a hobby you can share with others. Look at your local community center and join activities or join a group on meetup.com
3. Start exercising
4. Get out and be one with nature
6. Be curious about others
8. Eat well
9. Get a pet
10. Seek professional help
If you ever feel alone, please know that you always have the power to change things.