What is loneliness?
Loneliness is an emotion that is often misunderstood. You can be with others and still feel lonely. You can also be alone and feel fulfilled. Usually, for young people, thinking about a loved one they miss so much and would rather be with can trigger feelings of sadness and loneliness. The emotion of loneliness happens when you disconnect with other people, in association with the strong belief that;
No one understands you or what you might be experiencing.
No one can help you.
No one likes you and wants to be with you.
Is loneliness a sign that something is wrong with me?
Everyone feels lonely at times. Loneliness is not a problem unless you persistently feel lonely, and it starts to affect your daily abilities. A daily planned alone time for reflecting, relaxing, and rejuvenating can certainly improve the well-being of young people. However, when teenagers feel lonely most of the time, it may lead to mental well-being and physical health problems.
What should a teenager do if persistently feeling lonely?
It is helpful to share how you feel with trusted family and friends.
Practice daily self-care, which includes a planned rest time alone.
Considered seeing a mental health professional. They can help you identify the root cause of your loneliness.