Emotional Health: Is Loneliness a Dilemma?

Loneliness

Have you ever felt lonely? It has a direct effect on emotions. You feel isolated and anxious, there is a feeling of disconnect despite people around you…you yearn for companionship, which may be there but you fail to recognize and reach out.

Loneliness is fast becoming a social phenomenon in modern cyber times, with a smart phone in our hands, our elite companion 24/7! Even couples, who bury their heads into laptops after a day’s work and also have to catch up with their favorite programs, have to plan a vacation to connect with each other!

Whether it is self inflicted or caused by other factors, loneliness consumes your emotions slowly, affecting your mental and physical health. You start losing touch with your own family and friends.

When there is a conflict inside, which refuses to subside, you feel all your friends are happy in their life, you feel forsaken even by your own instincts and intuition… you start feeling lonely. When it starts haunting, when it grows on you…when the abyss keeps gaping at you…you enter a self-carved tunnel, which continues to get cramped if you don’t open up.

“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”—Mark Twain

 If you are not successful in catching your loneliness by the horns to drive it away, its roots could be deeper:

  • Lack of love during childhoodImage
  • Bullying
  • Loneliness experienced during adolescence
  • Lack of good friends
  • Cold attitude of peers
  • Embarrassment
  • Failure to communicate
  • Lack of trust
  • High expectations/ego
  • Cynicism

Chasing away loneliness through joy, which is transitory, attending parties, which are mind numbing and drowning yourself in the sea of humanity, which knows nothing about your state of mind, is meaningless.

First and foremost, you must understand that nobody wants you to be lonely. It is your own choice. If you stop trusting your friends, if you don’t want to forgive others, if you fail to overlook little faults of people around you and immerse yourself in the sea of your own thoughts, it will surely drown you.

If you suffer from lowered self-esteem, lack of concentration and anxiety, they are the early signs, which might degenerate into insomnia, dejection and suicidal tendencies.

You must wake up to loneliness before it becomes clinical depression:

1. Shatter that glass ceiling under which you found refuge.

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2. Start trusting people around you, all are not alike.

3. Share your feelings and thoughts.

4. Respect your emotions, they need attention.

5. Step out of self-pity. Don’t seek sympathy.

6. Read good books, they never betray.

7. Cultivate a hobby.

Read How to Become your Own Therapist.

Let’s not forget another aspect of loneliness. There comes a time when loneliness spearheads detachment… to begin the inward journey… to spirituality and for that we have to traverse the path alone!

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”—Henry Rollins

 However, loneliness should not be confused with solitude, which can be savored by spending splendid time in the lap of nature, analyzing your own self, starting a journey towards self-healing.

“Language … has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”—Paul Tillich

Do you live in the glory of solitude? I am sure everyone experiences those moments of loneliness and solitude. You can pour them out here, on this page.

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Balroop Singh.

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8 thoughts on “Emotional Health: Is Loneliness a Dilemma?

  1. I’m going to start calling you Aunt Balroop! My previous comment that you so remind me of my own aunt and that being the biggest person compliment I could ever bestow upon someone. Years ago she told me to differentiate between being alone and being lonely. I understood her point but it does get convoluted sometimes. For me a couple of things that really stood out were “It is your own choice…” and to turn off the electronic devices and interact with people in person. Get off of email or text and communicate via telephone. Body language and voice inflection are grossly missing in our daily communications in my opinion. Another terrific post and message, Balroop! 🙂

    1. Thanks Mike, for the biggest compliment and the continued support that you have been giving…I am glad my views remind you of a loving relationship with your own aunt.

      Yes Mike, the whole disconnect these days is caused more by these electronic devices, without which our life seems so incomplete and yet so empty…what a paradox!!

      Thank you for adding your valuable insight…greatly appreciated.

    1. You are right, Denise, online activities consume much of our time. I have seen people texting all the time…sometimes I wonder whether this is a new kind of snobbery! Talking is grower lesser than texting!

      Thanks for adding a valuable point.

  2. Beautiful post. The photo quote where it says loneliness is inability to commuinicate things important to you. Sometimes I think this is an illusion that is self imposed. Sometimes peole quite strongly express, but they think they are not. What do you think?

  3. Hi Jodi,
    Thank you for your valuable insight. You are right, despite communication, loneliness refuses to die down…may be it becomes deep rooted in some cases or becomes a habit. Some people wallow in self compassion. Each individual has his/her own issues of being lonely but my conviction is that the ability to drive away this demon lies within us…how much we endeavor to do so rests with us.

  4. Hi Balroop,

    Do you know that I’ve never had issues with loneliness, ever. I’m kind of weird in that way I suppose, I’m never lonely. I actually love being alone even though I love people. Strange right!

    I know of a lot of people who have this issue though, some were good friends of mine. They always had to have someone around. I never could figure that out because since that’s not how I am I can’t fully understand their feelings.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      I know, loneliness hits only those who refuse to get up and get social…persons like you who are social gurus, who add so much information and radiance to the life of others and are bubbling with energy all the time…How can loneliness ever touch them!

      One of the strategies to keep away from this demon is to keep yourself busy, if your work gives you pleasure and satisfaction, you can never feel lonely.

      I can understand the issues of few people who feel the need of company in their lives, probably some people are emotionally weak or they need reassurance all the time.

      Thanks for standing by, dear friend, it is greatly appreciated.

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