It’s ok to feel lonely sometimes
Our brains are wired for connection with others and the pain of loneliness is a part of our survival instinct.
You can be surrounded by lots of people and feel lonely. At other times, you might be perfectly happy spending time alone.
What happens when you feel lonely?
Even though loneliness is a common experience, it can be a complex feeling that is painful and scary.
Feeling lonely (and the fear of feeling lonely) can bring up other thoughts and feelings including:
Confusion about what’s triggered it
Feeling isolated from others
Feeling that nobody cares
Wanting to suppress or escape it
Distress and worry that it’s not going to go away
Painful memories of feeling abandoned in the past
Learning to deal with loneliness
If feelings of loneliness don’t go away then seek help
Sometimes loneliness can be linked with memories from the past that haven’t been resolved.
Loneliness can stem from loss and grief when you lose somebody or something you care about.
You might have gone through a relationship break down and need to process your thoughts and feelings about it.
There could be an underlying mental health issue that’s linked with feelings of loneliness such as depression.
If you can’t shake the feeling of loneliness then contact us and talk about it with a Kids Helpline counsellor today.
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