We are constantly connected and busier and more productive than ever—but also lonelier than ever. Here are the 3 types of loneliness. Identify which are impacting you so that you can take positive actions toward feeling more connected and engaged.
This refers to the type of loneliness we feel when it seems like no one else can understand us. Existential loneliness can be a catalyst for self-exploration and personal growth so in small doses is not of concern. Where is becomes problematic is if it causes you to push others away as you feel like no one can or will ever understand you.
If you feel a lack of deep personal connection you are experiencing emotional loneliness. This may be because a romantic, platonic, or familiar relationship has come to an end. Or a pet or loved one has passed away. It may not feel like it now, but with time the heartbreak and grief will subside. However, you cannot skip the grieving process. You can also experience emotional loneliness when you haven’t seen or talked to someone you are close within a long time. Schedule some time together or hop on a video chat to reconnect.
Social loneliness occurs when you don’t feel a sense of belonging beyond yourself, or yourself and your immediate family. We all need a wide support system so you will need to put effort into making new friends. This is also the top type of loneliness brought on by social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, so hop on video chats daily with your nearest and dearest—both for your mental wellbeing and theirs!
If loneliness is not addressed it can increase your risk of depression and a whole host of physical and mental health concerns.