In the past few months, I’ve felt extremely lonely. And I’m not sure why. I’ve always loved spending time alone, in fact I need that time alone to recharge. But lately, I feel extremely lonely when I spend any time alone. And so I’ve done my best to stay busy… but I don’t want to just keep busy, I want to be happy and enjoy my time alone again. What should I do? Why do I feel this way?
The are various reasons why loneliness may strike us. If there hasn’t been a recent break in a relationship that can be identified as a trigger, there may have been some cue that is associated with a past sense of loss. This cue could be prompting a past sense of sadness and loneliness to recur.
If this feeling is persistent, there may be a sense of helplessness that was sparked by recent futility in relationships that is contributing to an ongoing sense of loneliness.
In both situations, the aid of a mental health professional can be very valuable in identify the specific setting event for your experience and help develop a plan that can be effective in reducing loneliness and increasing a sense of hope.