Isolation occurs when a person feels distanced from others either physically or emotionally. It often sparks feelings of loneliness which can cause anxiety and depression. Sometimes, when social relationships don’t exist in a person’s life, he or she may feel as though they’re not worthy.
If feelings persist over an extended length of time, it’s important to have healthy coping mechanisms available to help get past the sadness and disappointment that they may be feeling. If you need a productive way to work through feelings of isolation and loneliness, the following list of suggestions is a good place to start.
Give your inner critic a second thought
If you feel as though you’re the only one experiencing what you’re feeling or that you’re different from other people, try to remind yourself that you’re not alone in what you’re going through. Every human being craves validation and connection. Although your personality and individual needs are unique, many people share the same feelings that you do. The next time your inner critic decides to take over and tell you that no one will understand, gently challenge your thinking.
Be overly kind to yourself
When feelings of isolation and loneliness come up, respond with compassion. After all, denying pain or suffering doesn’t allow you to heal. Instead, recognize the feelings that you’re having and try to bring kindness and empathy toward yourself. If the distance you’re feeling is geographic in nature, reach out to someone you care about by phone, email, text message, or a good old-fashioned letter. Let them know that you’re thinking of them and invite them to stay in touch with you regularly.
If you find yourself isolated due to low self-esteem or previous experiences with abandonment and want some empathy and support, contact Heart-Centered Counselors. We’re here to help you work through your issues so you feel valued, supported, and able to overcome life’s struggles.