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Just like sadness, anger, happiness, laughter, Loneliness is part of human experience and it is okay to feel lonely sometimes. Loneliness is a normal human experience, but when left unchecked it can affect your mental well-being.

Have you ever been in a relationship but still felt lonely? Or you are in a group of people, but still feel lonely?

Perhaps, Someone has asked you if you were lonely and you felt awkward to answer that question. Well, this is because there is a social stigma associated with being lonely.

The fear of being judged as unlikeable or a loser. Although, not feeling free to talk about loneliness adds to you being lonely.

Loneliness is different for everyone.

A child

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at school watches the way other of his peers are loved, but he is bullied.

A teenage girl

watches the way other parents bring their kids to school, but she is alone.

A new student

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feels alone in a new school (Perhaps another country) despite being surrounded by peers.

A single mom

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flips the pages of her novel as she watches couples strolling and holding hands through the park.

A couple

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watches the way other lovers hold hands in the park, but they feel lonely despite being together.

An old father

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feels alone after his children took him abroad. He has no friends in abroad and his children are busy with their families.

Do you know you can be surrounded by many people (you might call some friends) and still be lonely? Yes! It is not about the quantity; it is about the quality of the relationships in your life. It is the need to be connected to others. Having thousands of friends on social networking is not the same as having someone to share a cup of coffee with or see a movie with.

Loneliness is a feeling of isolation.

New York Times, 25th March 2009 quoted “loneliness leads to poorer physical and mental health.” Loneliness is not necessarily about being alone. An individual can be alone without feeling lonely and can feel lonely even when with other people around. Loneliness is the perception of being alone. Loneliness is actually a state of mind. A lonely person often feels low, helpless, abandoned, unhappy.

Why do people feel lonely? (To be continued in the next post)🤗

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