Loneliness is basically considered as a negative state but sometimes you are in need of some free or me time, this is basically alone time which should not be mistaken for loneliness. It is necessary to recharge your mind and body. It is basically innate in nature but some of you feel alone all the time. It is basically a state of distress and comes with your desire to be in social connections. When you do not experience the social connection, you may feel that you are socially disconnected from others and hence you start to feel lonely. Some of you feel lonely although you are in a crowd. You may feel lonely even when you are in a long lasting marriage and have kids or you may feel lonely even when you are surrounded by many people throughout the day. Loneliness may threat you not only mentally but it can have an impact on your physical health also.
Some of you love to be alone so that you may ignore the stressful life you are facing. You may go and sit in the park for hours and observe the scenery over there and watch the children playing. You are doing this to forget your stressful life and situations. Your mood may become peaceful and joyful there. You don’t feel and think that you are in solitude.
Loneliness affects your social life as well as your personal life. It is always a risk factor for depression, type 2 diabetes, weak immune systems, arthritis, poor sleeping patterns, and stress, etc. The people who feel alone are lacking social support which they need to overcome their low mood and sadness.
In this COVID 19 pandemic, the people who were living in isolation with a feeling of loneliness are at a higher risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental issues. To cope up with their loneliness they may start taking some drugs or maybe alcohol. These are basically considered unhealthy habits or methods but people do take their help.
Addiction During COVID 19
Researchers have said that during this pandemic there are more cases of addiction and there is also the relapse of those who have already come out of their earlier addiction. Addicted people are also at a high risk of diseases with lungs because their immune system is affected by alcohol taking. They are also at a high risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Connection Between Addiction And Loneliness
People who are lonely can take the help of alcohol or some substance use to overcome this feeling of loneliness, rejection, or the feeling that no one is with them. It usually becomes a way to cope with the feelings that they are having. It is their way with which they can numb their pain. Substance use creates a wrong sense in a person and they feel they are totally secure. And when they are not in that state as to when they were having drugs or having some substance use, they might again feel restless and the earlier thoughts started racing back and forth in their mind. They are again thinking about the same thoughts and that too in the same manner.
People who use substances or take alcohol to cope with the feelings of loneliness usually avoid their feelings. They are basically in a state of denial, fear, or guilt of something. They sometimes feel that they are trapped and cannot come out of the situation. They are hurt and angry and with this, they are also hurting the people who are surrounding them. People who are lonely also have a lack of sleep or disrupted sleeping issues, suicidal thoughts, or even the feelings of harming themselves.
As mentioned above loneliness can lead to addiction, this can be vice-versa also. Addiction may also make you feel lonely. With the increase of addiction, people start to destroy their relationship and they also start to fight and criticize their friends, and hence they are going away from them. This makes the person lonelier and they go more into social isolation.
During this pandemic, many people are going through various issues, and Dr.R.K. Suri has helped them in dealing with their issues. If you are also facing any issues and challenges in your life, connect with Dr.R.K.Suri online via TALKTOANGEL.COM and offline he is available at PSYCHOWELLNESS CENTER