Loneliness is a feeling of sadness, emptiness, and exclusion because we lack companionship or close relationships. Loneliness isn’t the same as being alone—it’s possible to be by yourself and not feel lonely, and it’s also possible to be with others and feel lonely. Rather it’s about whether you feel an emotional connection with others.
Coping with Loneliness
Persistent feelings of loneliness can lead to mental health challenges like depression and physical health challenges like chronic pain, and in extreme cases may contribute to suicidal thoughts or behaviors. In order to overcome loneliness, it’s important to identify the root cause of the feeling, communicate with others about how you’re feeling, and practice self-care.