Life's circumstances make almost everyone alone at one time or another, but being lonely is much different from being alone. Even if we enjoy time to ourselves, pursuing a quiet hobby like fly-fishing or reading, being isolated from others too much of the time can be damaging to our mental and physical health.
Emotional pain of any kind, including loneliness, can affect our body's health, sometimes contributing to chronic inflammation. It can keep us awake at night and increase our risk of dementia. Feeling cut off from others can actually make us sick!
We're not powerless, however. Depending on our circumstances, we can:
Going to new groups or talking to strangers may be uncomfortable at first. Every new thing takes some practice. But the reward for the initial discomfort could be some good friends and better health!
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