What you may be experiencing
Loneliness is an emotion that comes from a lack of social connection. You might feel disconnected and isolated from others. Maybe you haven’t seen your loved ones or friends in a while. Or you just miss hugging someone. You might feel as if nobody understands you and there is no one to turn to.
Many of us may experience loneliness at some time. Loneliness may affect your concentration, how you sleep, your appetite or energy level.
What you can do
Start a conversation.
Call, video chat, or text message friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Write a letter or postcard.
Use social media to connect.
Use your time online to connect and interact with others instead of scrolling through posts. Set limited timeframes for reading the news.
Try volunteering to provide support in your community.
Many organizations, including faith-based organizations, offer volunteer opportunities which can give you the chance to contribute to something that you find important.
Practice self-compassion and self-care.
Be gentle with yourself. Take time for yourself. Read, listen to music, exercise, or learn a new skill. Acknowledge your successes and give yourself a break. You are doing the best you can.
Seek help from a professional if your loneliness becomes overwhelming or feels unmanageable.
- Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling
- Find mental health services: Mental Health America
Page Last Reviewed: March 7, 2023