As technology continues to advance and we find more ways to stay "connected” without physically meeting, it’s only natural for those of us who are single or living alone to feel more lonely. These feelings of loneliness can worsen when we get older to find ourselves still living alone while our friends pair up one after another to settle down in happily married bliss.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being alone. Being alone and lonely are two very different things. Many of us have no problem living alone, staying single, and doing things by ourselves. But if we feel isolated, disconnected, or depressed when alone, that’s when we need to do something about it.
Feeling connected to people is crucial to our mental and physical well-being. Loneliness has been recognized by doctors (as addressed in this study) and the UK government as a significant social health concern that needs to be officially addressed.
The first step to dealing with feelings of loneliness is to recognize that even though you’re single and living alone, you’re never as isolated as you feel.
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