Never we have felt so lonely despite being constantly connected to the world. The world is literally at the tip of our fingers, yet loneliness creeps into our lives and sticks firmly. We blame the technology, frenetic pace of life, commitments of friends for knowing this sense of isolation way too intimately.
But what exactly is loneliness?
First, it is a serious health issue and for most of the time an overlooked one. Perhaps our society makes it hard for us to admit we are lonely, as there is a sense of shame associated with it. In our minds, it is like saying there is something wrong with me if I feel alone. Alas, this is not the best way to heal loneliness, for it is often the shame that perpetuates it.
Brene Brown, an American professor, and a famous advocate of courage, vulnerability, and empathy, describes shame as an “intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.” As every human being, we need connection and building meaningful relationships.
With the support of a skilled therapist, you can break the cycle of loneliness. Psychotherapy can be helpful in overcoming loneliness, emptiness, and isolation, whether it stems from our core negative beliefs or external circumstances. When meaningful attachments disappear from our life, loneliness can enter together with a sense of sadness, grief, or depression. Losing a partner, life transitions, sickness and not being able to take part in a hobby that we loved makes us experience loneliness.
Way out of loneliness is the journey within.
Connecting with a therapist gives us the chance to meet someone who will listen to us with a genuine interest without discriminating any of our parts. This helps us to build a rap
port with ourselves. Way out of loneliness is the journey within. It takes a lot of courage and vulnerability to take the first step and ask for help. A counsellor or psychotherapist is here to support you in overcoming any initial moments of uncertainty and will hold you tight whenever you stumble.