Is loneliness the same as being alone?

Is loneliness the same as being alone?

Being alone and being lonely are not the same things, even though many people mistaken it to be the same. Being alone can lead to loneliness.

Loneliness is actually not just something people feel and experience. There are symptoms that develop as a result of prolonged loneliness. It can affect you physically as well.

Loneliness causes symptoms such as:

  • increase your risk for illness,
  • cause chronic fatigue and lethargy,
  • cause anxiety
  • cause physical pain

On top of this, loneliness can lead to feelings of hopelessness, lower self-esteem and worthlessness. Loneliness is not a good thing.

Especially during a pandemic where people may still be isolated from their larger families and support structures, that feeling of loneliness can become quite acute, and happen over a prolonged period of time. It can lead to self-destructive behaviour, like taking unnecessary risks, alcoholism, smoking, or other addictive behaviour and acts.

Being alone can lead to loneliness, but not always. Sometimes being alone can even be a good thing as it gives people time to reflect and think about their life and assess the important things to them. For many, being alone can often recharge, rejuvenate, and reclarify their purpose and goals in life.

It is important during this holiday season to remember that being alone is often necessary, but you don’t have to be lonely; nor should you let your friends and family be lonely. Keep in contact, let them know you care and are thinking about them, talk about your day, listen to them, and celebrate happy things together.

Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely.

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