Loneliness is a distressing experience that occurs when an individual’s social relationships are felt to be lower in quantity and quality than they desire. Although it is not defined as a mental health problem, it can significantly impact on your mental health. Feeling lonely can be hard to talk about, especially when you have felt this way for a long time. Many people today are feeling the effects of loneliness. For example: Social isolation due to a physical or mental disability Illness Retirement or redundancy Bereavement Old age and physical weakness Anxiety Depression At The Eaves, our therapists can help to support you. Being able to talk openly about how you are feeling consequently builds confidence and give you the tools you need to increase your social interactions and reduce loneliness.
Everyone’s experiences of loneliness are different, it just subjective and personal to us.
You should not blame yourself for feeling lonely now or at any other time, and it’s also
really important to remember that loneliness and difficult feelings can pass.
There can be many reasons for loneliness, and sometimes there is no obvious cause
and its just how we feel. However, things that happen to us in life, like losing a loved
sone, perhaps through a bereavement or break-up, can make us feel lonely. Other life
changes, especially those that take us away from home or those that many cause us to
be more socially isolated, can also make us lonely.
Loneliness is a tricky feeling to describe, despite being so common. Many people might
be concerned that they feel lonely too often or that their loneliness has become
problematic for their wellbeing. Still, they cant quite put their finger on what that
loneliness feel like and whether or not it’s a significant concern.