LONELINESS and SOLITUDE

Introduction

From the beginning of time humans have always stayed in groups making them a social animal. Feeling left out may be unpleasant because of how its translated in the brain. Social rejection may be interpreted by brain as physical pain. We all at some time been in a phase where we were completely alone and have felt as if we have lost sense of purpose. Being alone is a multifaceted experience that can bring both positive and negative aspects to one’s life. Usually people learn to stay alone as their life proceeds but some aren’t able to deal with it due to lack of guidance and may get into wrong path. When this phase comes either of these happens you become :-

Lonely wherein you are left apart from your social circle and find difficult to socialise. Loneliness is a distressing feeling that one experiences when they perceive their social connections as unsatisfactory.

Solitude, now this is an amazing state to be in usually this phase comes after the the state of loneliness but some get into this phase without feeling isolated. Contrary to loneliness, solitude does not necessarily imply feeling lonely or isolated. Solitude provides an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection, allowing individuals to disconnect from the demands of social interactions. It is a time to be with oneself and can be seen as a form of self-care and rejuvenation.

Stages of being alone


Initial discomfort: The first stage of being alone often involves feeling uncomfortable or uneasy. We may experience a fear of missing out on social interactions or have difficulty being alone with our thoughts. This phase represents an opportunity for personal growth and self-reflection.

Acceptance and self-discovery: As time goes on, individuals may begin to embrace solitary moments. This stage is characterized by self-exploration, gaining insights about oneself, and deepening self-awareness. In these moments, we can foster creativity, cultivate hobbies, and develop a stronger sense of identity.

Reflection and rejuvenation: Providing a break from external influences, solitude allows for reflection and rejuvenation. This stage offers a chance to recharge, reduce stress, and regain mental clarity. Solitude can serve as a sanctuary for introspection and self-care.

how to deal with it?

Accept: Start accepting the fact that you are no longer considered as a part of that group after a thorough identification of reason. If they don’t value your presence then there is no point in staying there. You don’t drink poison just because you’re thirsty.

Try to spend time alone: Be with YOURSELF by your own choice. This might be difficult to start with but that is the only way out. Start to read books, go out for a walk, meditate inshort everything that you did before with your friends earlier try doing by yourself.

Find other group: Try to get into other group as that is the easiest way to fill that empty space. You could do this by being part of any other group like gaming, reading, dance, athletics, gym etc.

conclusion


Being alone offers opportunities for self-reflection, personal growth, and rejuvenation. While it can contribute to a deeper understanding of oneself, it is crucial to strike a balance between solitude and social connection. It is essential to recognize the drawbacks of excessive solitude, such as loneliness and lack of external perspectives. By understanding the stages of being alone and being mindful of the potential challenges, we can navigate the joys and pitfalls of solitude with greater wisdom and self-awareness in our lives.

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