Feeling lonely? You’re not alone

February 10, 2021
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Katie Oliver

Feeling lonely? You’re not alone

Loneliness is something we all feel from time to time, though everyone’s experience is different. Often, it’s the feeling we get when our need for social contact and relationship is not met. However, it’s important to realize that just because you’re alone, doesn’t mean you’re lonely, and just because you’re surrounded by people, doesn’t mean you can’t be lonely.

Where does it come from?

Loneliness can come in many different forms and be triggered by a variety of life events. You may have moved to a new city or started a new job where you don’t know anyone. Maybe you feel different to other people around you, or your personal relationships may be lacking a deep connection. It can also be caused by internal factors such as low self-esteem, which can lead individuals to the belief that they’re unworthy of attention and care from others.

It’s likely many of us have had increased feelings of loneliness this year, due to global lockdowns isolating us from things that bring us the most comfort and happiness. Office laughs with colleagues to get you through the day, coffees with friends, and the warmth of a hug from your grandparents, are all things we’ll never take for granted again now they’ve been taken away from us.

Ways of handling loneliness

If you’re feeling an overwhelming sense of loneliness, you’re probably wondering whether there are ways to overcome, or help ease, the feeling – and there are!

Here are some of our tips:

Implementing some of the steps above could help to reduce your feelings of loneliness, and remember you are not alone!

*Writer's note: Starting from the 1st March, I will be taking part in Mind Charity's 27 27 campaign. 27% of students in the last year have reported a mental health problem while studying at university. Mind Charity is fundraising to help provide better mental health services in universities for students, by holding a 27 miles in 27 days challenge - and I'm taking part!

If you'd like to sponsor me in this challenge, click here and it'll take you to my fundraising page. Any donations are more than appreciated and go towards an amazing charity.

Big thank you to Ben Collins for such a brilliant photo!

Katie Oliver
Hi, I'm Katie! I'm an English Language and Forensic Psychology graduate, book-lover and avid writer. I'll be using my personal experiences to try and help you understand your feelings and share my tips on how to improve your overall mental wellbeing.

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