If you're reading this, the chances that you know what loneliness feels like is high. There are times loneliness feels like it’ll never end, even if you're often surrounded by friends and family; you might still feel exempted from the world. But the good thing is loneliness isn’t something that you have to manage on your own, although it might be hard, there are things you can do to feel more connected to people around you. If you're asking why do I feel lonely? Here's why: 

Factors that lead to or cause loneliness include situational variables, such as moving to a new location, divorce and physical isolation. Moreover, the death of someone important in a person's life can also lead to feelings of loneliness. Besides, it can be a symptom of a psychological disorder such as depression.

Even more so, loneliness can also be associated with internal factors such as low self-esteem. People who tend to lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people, which in turn can lead to isolation and persistent loneliness.

Being lonely has a wide range of negative effects on both your physical and mental health, which can include: Excessive alcoholism and drug use, decreased memory and learning, altered brain function, antisocial behaviour, Alzheimer's disease progression, cardiovascular disease and stroke, increased stress levels, poor decision-making, extreme depression and in turn suicide. 

In all honesty, there’s no one single way to overcome loneliness: if there was, everybody would be using it! Luckily that doesn’t mean that loneliness is impossible to beat, or that if you’re feeling lonely now; you'll feel that way forever. Here are a few quick tips that can help you start feeling more at peace with the people in your life and more so, you won't feel oh so lonely.

Think about your interests and hang out with family and friends as often as possible - it helps. Pursue your passion vehemently, talk to people you trust about how you feel - talk with like-minded people. Engage in community service, but be sure to engage in community activities you enjoy doing, play a game online and participate in forums, try practising dealing with the feeling of loneliness by analyzing the emotion, ask yourself; is it okay to feel this way? Keep in mind that everyone feels lonely sometimes, so be positive and say this will pass soon enough, finally say yes to any social invitations that might come your way.


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