Loneliness is not necessarily being alone. We may be alone for long periods without feeling at all lonely. On the other hand we may feel lonely in a familiar setting without really understanding why. The best way to begin to understand loneliness is to examine some of the ways people experience it. You may feel lonely when:
- you’re alone and you don’t feel you have a choice not to be;
- you feel that you’re lacking attachments you had in the past;
- you are facing changes in your life–a new school, town, job, or other changes;
- you feel there’s no one in your life with whom you can share your feelings and experiences;
- your self-perceptions are that you’re unacceptable, unlovable, not worthwhile even if others don’t share those perceptions.
Know that no one is ever completely alone. There is always someone who wants to hear from you. Pick up the phone. Send and email. It is the quiet moments that we embrace time. Time can be your friend when you realize that you can use it to help someone else.
Cause even when it rains outside/There is light/Even when you cry all night
Your alright/ Even when you loose your way/You’ll get through
Cause there is someone watching over you/
Here are a number of ways to begin meeting your needs for friendship. Consider the following:
Remind yourself that your loneliness will not last forever. In doing the things you ordinarily do in the course of your daily schedule, look for ways to get involved with people. For example, you can:
- eat with others
- sit with new people in class
- find a study or exercise partner
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