Everyone from time to time has felt lonely. Physically, feel hollow and empty inside. As if something is missing within. Emotionally, feeling alone, sad, and untethered.
1. Interpersonal Loneliness
This is the most common kind of loneliness children and adults experience. This is where a person is socially isolated or perceives him or herself as cut off from a significant other.
2. Social Loneliness
Social loneliness is where children or adults are excluded, rejected, or perceives themselves to be disconnected from a group or community.
3. Cultural Loneliness
When a person feels a disconnect from their own culture or the mainstream culture so much so that they feel they don’t belong anywhere.
4. Intellectual Loneliness
Where a child or an adult feels a lack of intellectual stimulation and connectedness to others or a group.
5. Psychological Loneliness
When trauma disrupts a person’s sense of belongingness, loneliness can result. Because no one else can understand the trauma, social withdrawal can occur.
6. Existential Loneliness
When morality is faced by a child or an adult, an isolating sense of loneliness can develop.
Reach out to friends and family with a phone call or a personal visit. Talk about feelings of isolation to cue in loved ones. If you have a significant other, tell him or her that you’re feeling lonely in the relationship. Sharing feelings helps open the door to greater social involvement.
2. Find purpose.
Join a local community, church, or temple group that dovetails with some of your interests. Consider volunteering as another great way to make new friends and socialize.
Consider adopting a pet. Creating a bond with a dog, cat, or another animal companion can ease feelings of loneliness and improve well-being.
Remember to disconnect from technology and put yourself into the real world. Studies show that offline interactions have more positive social effects than online activities. Young adults and teens who spend a lot of time on social media are twice as likely to feel lonely.
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