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Loneliness: a Silent plague that is hurting people the most.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you feel like there is nothing but a feeling of stagnancy? A depressing time where one feels like the world has literally ended? Well, it’s not the current feeling that matters. Getting past through that phase should be prioritized rather than overlooked. A lot of people always seem to know what the problem is but never know what to do about it. The dictionary defines “Loneliness” as a disposition towards being alone or Sadness resulting from being alone in solitary isolation. Loneliness can be caused by so many unfortunate factors such as heartbreaks, trust or even financial conditions. Loneliness in terms of heartbreaks is probably the most saddening of all three. This is a situation where a man/woman might choose to be lonely for previous/present heartbreaks. Loneliness by trust is a situation where a person chooses to stay alone due to trust issues and maybe has gotten back stabbed on countable situations by ex-friends. In 2010 the Mental Health Foundation found loneliness to be a greater concern among young people than the elderly. Researchers have found that low levels of loneliness are associated with marriage, higher incomes, and higher educational status. High levels of loneliness are associated with physical health symptoms, living alone, small social networks, and low-quality social relationships. Loneliness can also be attributed to internal factors such as low self-esteem. People who lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people. This can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness. Loneliness among young people is becoming increasingly common. Data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development shows that the average number of students who feel ‘like an outsider’ rose between 2015-2018. But remember, if you’re feeling lonely there are things you can do to help you cope. Take the time to check in with yourself and how you’re feeling. Ask yourself how you’re sleeping and eating, as well as how your mental health is doing. Take time to make new connections and strengthen old ones, whether that’s online or in person. Choreograph your life according to quality of experience and more importantly, surround yourself with people who give you the best experience.    

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