We can’t be around each other but we can be with each other. Before the pandemic, loneliness was emerging as a health hazard due to its impact on people's emotional and physical health. How do we beat loneliness during the pandemic? Loneliness now rivals the impact of smoking which is a hard pill to swallow. Especially if you are lonely and you smoke.
We all need to belong, don’t we? The same part of our brain that is activated by physical pain is activated during feelings of social rejection. That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach is your body acknowledging your response to not hearing back from loved ones or even falling out with a close friend. That feeling can also be your way of realising that maybe it is time to reach out. When we can tend to our urge to connect we are alleviating pain. Another thing that fascinated me about loneliness is that emotional loneliness has a worse impact on you than social loneliness. I guess this is the difference between the quantity and quality of our relationships. We may be frequently meeting others but if we are unable to share our emotions or meaningful experiences it could be detrimental to our health