They say we come into this world alone and leave this world alone.

How many additional moments during our life are we alone with our own internal thoughts whether we are single or in a relationship?

Loneliness is a prevailing condition for many millions of people in life and can lead to emptiness, sadness and depression if not resolved.

Loneliness can also affect us physically in the form of high blood pressure,car rdiovascular disease including hardening of the arteries and increased risk of stroke.

Technology has resulted in many people working “remotely” from home. This lack of face to face interaction can contribute to one’s feeling of isolation and loneliness. Email is not a substitute for personal interaction.

Coping effectively with loneliness therefore plays a significant role in our personal development.

Definition of Loneliness

Wikipedia defines loneliness as “a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship”

There is a slight  but important distinction to be made between the meaning of  aloneness and loneliness. We can feel lonely even when we are surrounded by people. Alternatively we may or may not feel lonely when we are truly alone i.e. by ourselves.

What Are Some of the  Causes of Loneliness

  • Being abused and rejected by others- This type of  person tends to isolate themselves so as to protect  them from the hurt they experienced in their own life. This isolation further reinforces their loneliness. Many of these people suffer from low self-esteem as well.
  • Loss of a loved one – when people experience the loss of someone they  love, especially a spouse, there is generally a strong feeling of loneliness. Divorce can also lead to this emotion.
  • Aging –  in our current society, as people live longer, our culture has shifted from one of reverence and respect to how can I ease my burden? Many elderly are placed in nursing homes and neglected. We forget that although old in terms of years,these people have a heart and soul and feelings. They often feel isolated and alone away from their homes and families.
  • Social Media – email is not a substitute for personal interaction.
  • Genetics – some scientists have suggested there is a connection between genetics and loneliness

How To Cope With Loneliness

Some methods of coping with loneliness include:

  • Join groups, go to lectures and volunteer
  • Exercise and proper nutrition
  • Pet Therapy
  • Seek professional help including group therapy


Loneliness is  a serious condition that can affect you both mentally and physically.

It can have a negative impact on your personal development if left unchecked.

In order to lead a more fulfilling and productive life, try using some of the above mentioned methods for coping with loneliness.


About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

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