Alone and Lonely?
Loneliness is a serious matter.
What do loneliness, smoking and obesity have in common? According to a study at Brigham Young University in the US, loneliness can make a person 30 per cent more likely to die prematurely, just as smoking and obesity can do.
According to Australian researcher, Dr Michelle Lim, loneliness is an epidemic in our country long before COVID.
Being alone is a physical state, while being lonely is an emotional state. You can be alone and not be lonely, or you can be in the company of others and still be lonely.
Loneliness is a feeling of being disconnected. It is nature’s way to let us know that it’s time to re-engage with others.
Both introverts and extroverts have the need to be in company. They only vary in how much company is needed for them to feel satisfied.
Check your calendar. When was the last time you spent time with those you value? Reach out. Get in touch. Reconnect.
If you’re struggling with the lack of meaningful and fulfilling family or social connections, you are not alone and you don’t have to be alone.
There is hope and there is help. Ask Dr Lim.