Loneliness and Social Isolation Counseling – Therapists in Lowell
One of the symptoms of loneliness and social isolation is feeling and thinking things that simply aren’t true. Yet when you’re in the middle of it, it seems true. These four facts are essential to remember if you’ve fallen into a prolonged period of loneliness.
1. Your feelings aren’t instructions
Loneliness can be a cycle that feels impossible to break. As you begin to feel lonelier, it feels like spending time with others is that last thing that would help. Remember that this is not true. Spending time with others is often the solution – even if it doesn’t feel that way. It’s good to feel your feelings, to acknowledge them, and to learn from them. But you don’t have to treat them like instructions – because they’re not.
2. You’re not too busy to make friends
There are many types of loneliness. Some people are socially isolated and have no one to spend time with. Others have plenty of people in their life that want to spend time with them, but the lonely person in question feels like they don’t have time to nurture these relationships. That’s simply not true. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and everyone gets to choose how that time is spend.
3. Making a phone call is easier than you think
For many people, the first step to getting over loneliness is to reach out to others. This doesn’t have to mean going out and meeting up with people. It can start with making a simple phone call. It doesn’t have to be hours long and you don’t have to tell the person you’re calling that you’re feeling lonely. You can simply call and ask them how their day is. You’ll likely be surprised by how helpful it can be.
4. There are people who can help
Loneliness and / or social isolation isn’t something you have to go through on your own. Thriveworks Lowell Counseling & Coaching can help you through this difficult process. Let us get to know you and discover the ways we walk with you on a path toward recovery.