There is a thin line between solitude and loneliness and we have gathered a few indicators that mean you are leaning towards loneliness and its time to break the pattern.
Loneliness and solitude are two different things. Even though they follow the same principle, one is harmful and one is beneficial. Loneliness refers to the sadness that encompasses you because you have no friends or company. Whereas, solitude refers to the condition of being on one’s own with one’s own self, with one’s own choice. Loneliness can be defeating while solitude is usually blissful.
There have been countless researches on the topic of loneliness that have shown somewhat similar results. It is linked to depression, mental health issues, obesity and even suicide. Moreover, a few studies have linked the ever-increasing phenomenon of loneliness to the integration on technology into our lives that have diminished face-to-face communication.
On the other hand, solitude is very beneficial to humans in right dozes. According to many psychologists and psychiatrists who have conducted comprehensive studies into the art of solitude, it has been concluded that solitude increases productivity and concentration as well as improving your relationship with the self and with others.
There is a thin line between solitude and loneliness and we have gathered a few indicators that mean you are leaning towards loneliness and its time to break the pattern – we have also mentioned a few ways to manage and cure this horrible feeling – before you fall down the rabbit hole of loneliness:
You Crave Meaningful Connections
You have stopped hanging out with your old friends. You make excuses when they try to meet you because you feel like you don’t belong in that circle. Instead, you have started to crave deep connections with people. Even if you hang out with your friends occasionally, you still feel lonely because you do not feel like you are connected to them on a deeper level. While understandable, it is not a healthy behavior. In life, you have to be friends with all sorts of people and cannot wait for deep connections to form instantly. So go out and form connections, maybe you’ll find the connections that you are looking for in unexpected people.
Restlessness and Boredom
Most of the times, you are either bored or restless. You are now addicted to the escapes and the background noise in the form of TV shows, movies and video games. The worst part is, you do not try to change your circumstances, you are becoming numb towards the feelings and starting to accept your helplessness. Instead, you should try to enjoy your own company. Instead of mindless background noise, you can meditate or practice yoga. Meditation has been shown to turn loneliness into the feeling of solitude. So please, be kind to yourself and practice meditation. - Continue reading on the next page