• Nance Harding, MAHS-LPC

Lonely is as Lonely Does

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Depending on whether you are an introvert or an extravert, isolating and social distancing may be a challenge especially as we are nearing the holidays. But it does not matter when it comes to loneliness. We can feel lonely when surrounded by friends and family. We must remember that being alone is not the same as loneliness.

Even before the pandemic struck, loneliness was widely considered an epidemic in this country where 61 percent of Americans over age 18 struggle with feeling lonely. Among this group, 79 percent of Gen Z-ers, 71 percent of millennials, and 50 percent of baby boomers said they felt lonely. *

There is much online that can be useful, like the charming short below from Canadian musician and poet Tanya Davis and the Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. It is artful and perhaps cathartic as a meditation on the many conflicting emotions inspired by being forced to spend time at home during a crisis.

I hope you find it useful.

*Dr. Lisa Firestone on Psychology Today. If you need mental health support, please call SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for assistance in English & Spanish.