It’s Week 26 and we are getting in touch with ‘lonely’, an emotion most of us have felt in the past months as we go through social distancing.
So is there any upside to feeling lonely? Like any other emotion, how you manage loneliness depends on how you deal with it: Do you act through it without realising what it is actually all about? Or do you acknowledge how you feel and then make a conscious choice?
Feeling lonely tells you that you are in need of connection. Of course, you can go on social media or to the pub (when possible), but that’s not the connection you are wired for. You can still be lonely in a crowd. This is about being comfortable and authentic with someone you trust. Which leads me to the most important question: Do you like and trust yourself?
My invitation for this week: Whenever you feel alone, check whether you actually want to be with others or whether you would benefit from connecting with yourself. If so, turn loneliness into solitude and do something that nurtures you. Love yourself. — And if you want to be with someone, in person or over Zoom, please reach out, acknowledge how you feel, and make it a positive two-way conversation, not a pity party. Enjoy the connection.
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