Feeling Lonely and How to Deal…
If you have ever felt lonely, out of place or misdirected … like the walls are closing in on you … you are not alone. Or maybe you’re experiencing conflicting inner emotions of how and what you “should” feel … again, you are not alone.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans suffers from persistent loneliness. Ironically, while this digital age helps us stay more connected than ever before, social media may actually be exacerbating the problem.
A new wave of research concludes that long periods of loneliness can significantly raise the risk of a number of physical and psychological health problems, including heart disease and depression.
Here’s the truth and my confession. With my bouts of OCD anxiety spiking, waxing & waning and on top of that with dealing with my abandonment issues through the trauma of losing my mom at such a young age and my blood family living overseas (and all not necessarily fitting the “family” bill) … I have been battling this feeling for a long time. It’s not always present, but it comes and goes, holidays can be difficult, and obviously social media can magnify it. Certainly causing some moments of difficulty.
I’m not alone in this feeling. And you aren’t either. I promise. It’s even probable that MORE than 20% of Americans from the research feel this way to some degree or another. Or it taking different forms and cycling within different seasons.
From identity issues, comparison games, keeping up with the joneses syndrome … to being in an abusive relationship (whether emotional of physical), anxiety/depression issues, trauma, lack of self-love … and shall I even say spiritual voids … these are all situations that can cause a great deal of pain, which can result in feelings of loneliness.
But it doesn’t have to be permanent. I’m not talking about the once in a while feelings of loneliness … I’m referring to the DEEP, long-term feelings that can cause some serious self-esteem and isolation issues. We are human and we are built for CONNECTION, so it’s crucial for our souls to either reconnect or finally feel connection with others.
Here’s some ways to help you get break the loneliness walls around you so you can START working towards healing the real issue and replacing any voids with joy.
And if you are dealing with clinical anxiety or depression it’s super important to get assistance from a therapist. I have been for OCD and I wouldn’t have been so successful in managing it without it. Therapy is SO NOT taboo. You’re actually more brave for doing it than the person who doesn’t. Because you’re willing to FACE your fears and problems and GROW. That takes COURAGE!
In fact, I think every single p
erson in this world should go to therapy for one reason or another. The world would be a better place! 🙏💕
I wanted to share my heart with you … because sometimes our journeys while growing – whether that’s working on our fitness, working on our hearts/souls, going back to school, working on our marriages, starting our own business – can feel like a lonely one. Especially as you uncover YOUR deep layers in the process.
Would love to hear your perspective on this!