Understanding Loneliness

Written on 10 Jul 2017

Have you heard BBC Radio 2 are talking about Loneliness this week? What a great and very important subject to focus on, bearing in mind that currently more than 9 million people in the UK are affected by it.

There are different types of loneliness:

emotional loneliness – when we miss the company of one particular person
social loneliness - when we lack a wider social network or group of friends.

The impact of loneliness and social isolation affects people of all ages and at all stages of life. Its impact can be devastating both on our mental well-being and our physical health and because each of us is unique, we have our own individual reasons for feeling lonely.

So if you are feeling lonely right now, I wonder if it might be situational such as only happening at certain times like Bank Holidays or Christmas? Or maybe chronic loneliness, which is when we feel lonely all or most of the time.

And if you are living with feelings such as depression, anxiety, anger or another type, then maybe counselling would be helpful.

Counselling offers you a supportive place to talk about your own particular experience and to come to terms with the feelings you might have. It can also help you to foster and build new connections as well as changing your thinking about social connections in general.

So well done Radio 2 for bringing out into the open something few of us are happy to talk about, although so many of us in the UK are experiencing.

With thanks to:
The Missing Million:The Campaign to End Loneliness
Kate Jopling for Age UK

If you've been affected by the topic that I've covered in this blog post, and would like to discuss your feelings, you can leave a public comment below. Alternatively, if you'd like to communicate with me on a one-to-one basis about any issues you'd like to discuss further, you can either email me or call me on 07946 517967.