Episode 8: Being Alone vs. Lonely.

So many young adults struggle with alone time and feeling lonely. Being alone is not the same as being lonely - being alone is a physical description, meaning when we are alone, we are just not with people, while loneliness is a feeling that is usually experienced as negative and painful. Research has shown that loneliness poses serious health risks, but a certain amount of “alone time” can be good for you. Even though being alone can be beneficial, many people struggle with it so much they would rather electrocute themselves than have to sit alone with their own thoughts! New research suggests that loneliness and social isolation are as much a threat to your health as obesity. At the root of loneliness is a lack of connection with others. Explore learning how to better enjoy “alone time” and how to manage and deal with feelings of loneliness, including connecting more with others.