The 9 Different Types Of Loneliness And How To Deal With Each, According To Therapists
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While it can be an exciting and joyous time for some, others may feel very lonely and like they are going through this difficult transition all alone.
It's important for new parents to get out, or to have friends over so they can see other adults — and remember that they aren't alone.
There are different kinds of friendships such as acquaintances versus confidantes. If one only has acquaintances and no one to whom they can truly confide or be authentic, they will often experience loneliness.
Work on establishing those deeper connections. By being authentic, getting out there, joining groups, and being friendly, you can find your people.
The process of breaking up can sometimes be compared to the death of a loved one.
... if you don't have any connections at your job.
If you spend a lot of time working and are feeling super lonely, it can help to try to find an organization that also supports your type of work. Corbett says. And, again, make sure you create meaningful connections outside of work.
Social media can create a deep feeling of isolation.
Decrease your time on social media. Recognize it for what it may be, [which is] not necessarily reality. And work on creating bonds with friends, family, and partners.
Not all people have strong family connections. This can produce loneliness, especially on holidays when ... gatherings are an emphasis.
Seek organizations where [you] can gain a community. Or join a club, work on your friendships, or create a family of your own. Not all family ties are strong ones, but that doesn't mean you have to be lonely.
There's very specific loneliness that can creep in when you're responsible for the care of another person — be it an elderly parent, a sick sibling, a disabled partner, etc.
So even though it's a big job, it's important to not forget about yourself. Find a supportive friend to talk to without judgment, or attend a support group.
Major changes can create a sense of loneliness, even if they're positive. You might be leaving a job or starting a new job, ending a relationship or embarking on a new relationship, getting married, getting divorced, [or] starting a family.
When struggling with the adjustment period, it can help to acknowledge the feeling and also acknowledge that it's likely temporary.
... especially if you aren't making an effort to connect with your partner.
Make the relationship a priority. This means setting boundaries with work, kids, and other obligations in order to focus on meeting each other’s needs.
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