Seniors, Senior Living and Retirement: Seniors describe loneliness as a feeling of emptiness or hollowness inside you, one that might even make you feel alienated from the rest of the world.
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Loneliness in Seniors and Retirees Senior Living and Retirement
By Joy Stevens
Senior Living: Being lonely may be a vague feeling of dissatisfaction or an intense pain.
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Seniors describe loneliness as a feeling of emptiness or hollowness inside you, one that might even make you feel alienated from the rest of the world.
Loneliness may not be a constant companion, however.
And there are different degrees of loneliness. You may feel vaguely dissatisfied or you may feel a very intense pain of loneliness.
There are also different kinds of loneliness such as:
Loneliness related to grief.
Loneliness from being in a new environment or from moving to a new location.
Loneliness during your work day if you work alone or with only a few people.
Loneliness from retirement and losing many of your workday friends.
Loneliness because you have a difficult time reaching out to others.
Loneliness is different than just being alone. It is being alone and feeling gloomy or sad about your aloneness. How do we disentangle ourselves from our loneliness?
People can start by recognizing the loneliness, accepting the loneliness, then expressing their lonely feelings. Loneliness can not be solved without actions. When-we do nothing about loneliness, it remains there–a passive companion.
The big cure for loneliness, then, is to become more active.
According to David Burns, M.D., people are “doers.” Consequently, you can substantially change your feelings of loneliness by changing the way you act. Most people feel better immediately if they do anything at all. Any action brings a feeling of accomplishment; a feeling of getting off dead-center.
A short term cure for loneliness is to volunteer. At almost any age, in any place, lonely people can get involved in activities or clubs. Volunteers are almost always appreciated in charitable groups.
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