“More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship ….. Loneliness appeared to be more common among men. The survey found 63% of men to be lonely, compared with 58% of women..” Quote from an NPR Article by ELENA RENKEN January 23, 2020 6:00 AM ET
You cannot eat your cake & still have it. You cannot shut yourself away from sharing quality time, having conversations & interacting with others and at the same time complain of or endure loneliness.
Since loneliness is a craving to have right & intimate relationship, at the right time, solution is found in you opening up your space, mental & physical, for others to intrude into.
Part of the solution is also to create the time to invest yourself by intruding into others spaces too. It is from the abundance of conversations & interactions that one can prune down productive from non-productive relationships. You cannot shut everyone out & not be lonely. Push yourself to engage in relationships with people, known & unknown.
Since you are not perfect, you should create room for others, who are imperfect, to come around you. Cut people a lot of slack. Expect them to be faulty humans. Develop yourself to accommodate the good, the bad & the ugly. If God can tolerate you, why would you not attempt to tolerate fellow people, by letting them keep you busy & amuse you with their behaviors/misbehaviors.
“In-person connections are what really matters,” says Doug Nemecek, chief medical officer for behavioral health at Cigna. “Sharing that time to have a meaningful interaction and a meaningful conversation, to share our lives with others, is important to help us mitigate and minimize loneliness.” NPR ORG Article by ELENA RENKEN January 23, 20206:00 AM ET
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18 (KJV)
God said that scripture when there was only one individual on the surface of the earth. There are 7 billion people now. Make yourself available to other human beings. Be help suitable for someone/others. Allow someone/others be help suitable for you!
No human being is structured to be complete alone. It is not good for any man or woman to be all one (alone). Being all by yourself has its good part. Loneliness is when you are too much by yourself.
Make a choice to surround yourself with people or get one truly intimate one out of the many people around. Every relationship can hurt very deeply. Get yourself healing balms. It is better to be hurt and get healed than to suffer loneliness & depression. Loneliness affects more than mental health. It affects your entire well-being.
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