Search engines receive many questions about feeling alone and loneliness. In this page, we provide short answers to many of the more commonly searched ‘when’ questions. For fuller answers, we encourage you to explore the website.
Being alone is good if you are safe, healthy, and feeling positive about yourself. You need times of solitude to process complex (even uncomfortable) issues you might be experiencing, to reflect and especially for introverts, to recharge your energy. When loneliness arises, that is your signal to seek meaningful company.
Feeling lonely becomes a problem when it is prolonged and you can’t find a way to escape loneliness in a healthy way. It is time to seek help if you are starting to show signs of spiraling negative thinking, experiencing mental or physical deterioration.
Loneliness will end when you perceive that you have sufficient quality relationships in various areas of your life. Only you can tell when you have enough people to fulfil your need for meaningful relationships. Close friends, family and colleagues might fulfil different needs.
Consider whether others might be lonely if they
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