Let’s face it, we all feel a little lonely from time to time. But some of us feel really lonely, and we can’t help but wonder what’s wrong.
So how do you tell the difference between just a casual it’ll-pass-soon loneliness and some serious, deep-seeded loneliness that may require real help to cure? Here’s 7 signs that you’re lonely.
You find yourself zoning out in front of the TV for hours on end.
A passive activity like watching television is an easy distraction from our problems. If you’re feeling a little isolated, it’s very common to sit in front of the TV and zone out. If you find yourself replacing social time with TV time, you might be feeling a little lonely.
Increased social media use.
Often times, we find ourselves looking to social media to replace real connections. Ramping up your use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and related services can be one of the first signs of increased loneliness. Even though we feel a burst of momentary happiness when a post receives a like or a retweet, that feeling is fleeting compared to sustained, interpersonal relationships.
You attempt too much small talk at yoga class.
You’ve been trying to get healthier lately, so you’ve been doing yoga. Except yoga’s not just the only physical activity you do, it’s also the only time you’re around a group of people. So you mention the weather to four people in a row, hoping it’ll lead to a substantive conversation but it never does. Sound familiar? You might be lonely.
There’s a difference between boredom and loneliness. Do you know the signs?