If so, you’re not alone. Cigna recently released its 2020 Loneliness Index. The survey found:
- Three in five Americans (61%) report that they are lonely
- Loneliness has a larger impact on certain demographics
- Men are slightly lonelier than women
- Younger people (18-22) are lonelier than older people (72+)
- Those living in urban and suburban communities are less lonely than those in rural areas
- Social media has a major impact on loneliness with very heavy social media users significantly more likely to feel alone, isolated, left out and without companionship
- Loneliness has implications for the business community
- Lonely workers say they are less engaged, less productive and report lower retention rates
- They are twice as likely to miss a day of work due to illness and five times more likely to miss work due to stress
- Remote workers are more likely than non-remote workers to always or sometimes feel alone
With effort, you can change these feelings. Here are a few suggestions from Toni Bernhard J.D.:
- Don’t blame yourself in any way, shape, or form.
- Seek relief from a non-human “friend.” Chocolate cake, anyone?
- Connect with a human friend if you can.
- Do something creative, no matter how simple.
- Help someone in need.
- Call to mind others who are feeling lonely and send them kind and compassionate thoughts.
- Visualize someplace you’d like to be—a fun gathering, the seashore, a sporting event—and see if, just for a moment, you can feel happy for those who are there.
- Treat loneliness as an old friend who’s dropped in for a visit (despite not having received an invitation).
- Remind yourself that life is not always fun and that tomorrow is a new day.
You can take the original loneliness test at this link: