Feeling lonely at times is part of being human. Some feel lonely for moments, yet others feel lonely most of the time. While people feel lonely at every ages for different reasons, loneliness is often more common in older people. Older adults can feel cut off from society and the people they love.
Depression, stress, anxiety, and sleep issues can be connected to feelings of loneliness. Feeling connected and nurtured is an essential part of an individual’s health and wellbeing. If you are a senior, or know an older adult who would benefit from counseling, reach out to Van Blarcom Consulting today.
Why Do People Feel Lonely?
Loneliness is personal, so why someone feels lonely will differ from person to person. Yet, there are life triggers that have been shown to prompt feelings of loneliness. These factors include losing someone you love, moving away from your support system, and having health problems.
Older adults are more susceptible to loneliness, often due to these life changes. Losing friends or your spouse, along with leaving or scaling back at work, and an aging body possibly limiting mobility, increases the likelihood of being lonely.
Counseling for Loneliness
Understand that if you are feeling lonely, there is help. Speaking with a counselor can help you define why you are feeling lonely and accept that your feelings are worthwhile and valid. Support through counseling is a way to connect with the world and get the help you deserve.
Feeling lonely can contribute to anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing feelings of fear, nervousness, and worry, it could be anxiety. If you have feelings of sadness that do not dissipate, are overwhelming, and are making it impossible to enjoy life, it could be depression.
A common path to healing for loneliness, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues is counseling.
How to Feel Less Lonely
When things feel hopeless, it can be difficult to remember there are solutions. Working toward positive thinking and taking steps to improve your life can bring change.
- Take care of yourself – Eat well, get enough sleep, and stay active. These building blocks for a better life can help you to feel better. Establish a routine of wellbeing and you may find yourself becoming happier, even when you are alone.
- Socialize more – While self-care helps, the next step to reducing feelings of loneliness is to reach out to others. This could mean taking a class, volunteering, or joining a local community center for lunch outings.
- Be kind to yourself – Change isn’t easy. If you aren’t ready to socialize, give yourself time to develop relationships. For instance, you could read a book in a park, or sit on your porch with your morning tea. Both of these might result in a friendly conversation, or it could be you independently observing others until you are ready to say hello.
- Get help – Open up to someone about your feelings. Talk to friends, family, and get support from a counselor. A counselor can be there for you, whenever needed, and can speak to any topic you want to discuss.
Help is available. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting now to improve your life.