Feeling lonely isn't in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Although most people need some kind of social contact to maintain good mental health, everyone has different social needs. You may be someone who is content with a few close friends, or you may need a large group of varied acquaintances to feel satisfied.
Have a look at these tips. They might help you to cope with feelings of loneliness.
Being alone is not the same as being lonely. There is nothing wrong with being on your own if you are comfortable with it.
If you're visiting this page however, something probably feels wrong for you.
People usually describe feeling lonely for one of two reasons:
Deciding which is the case for you may help you to find a way of feeling better.
It can be helpful to think of feeling lonely like feeling hungry. Just as your body uses hunger to tell your body you need food, loneliness is a way of your body telling you that you need more social contact.
That means the simplest way to ease feelings of loneliness can be to try to meet more, or different, people.
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