Writing as a remedy for loneliness


Writing as a remedy for loneliness

Loneliness is a fact of life. It happens to us all, usually around the time when we experience a change in life. As we move from one life stage to another, we become disconnected from our established support system. This is when we experience loneliness. Humans are social creatures; we’re wired to connect. Therefore experiencing loneliness can feel disorienting and often upsetting. Also, it can take time to find a new way of being, but there is a number of actions we can assume that can help us reconnect with ourselves and others. One of them, perhaps surprisingly, is writing about our experiences.

Antidote to loneliness

Writing is often thought of as a solitary pursuit. However, writing can be beneficial, especially when shared. But you will still reap the benefits even if you don’t fancy disclosing your inner thoughts to a broader audience. This is because writing enables us to connect with our inner world and process our feelings. It helps us make sense of the world around us. When we feel connected to our inner self, we’re also much more likely to feel empathy towards others. And empaths are known to be great listeners and make excellent friends.

Problem shared is a problem halved

The benefit of writing can be amplified when shared. Through sharing your work you’re connecting with others experiencing the same thing. The benefit is uplifting – think of the last time you went to a great gig. The shared experience helps you feel much closer to the people around you, even when they’re complete strangers. It can also be life-enhancing, especially in a society where 45% of adults feel lonely at least occasionally—source: Campaign to end loneliness.

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Writing is inclusive

Writing can reduce the burden of loneliness, especially for those unable to connect with others due to other limitations. Although loneliness is ubiquitous, we know loneliness affects some groups much more than others. Older adults, disabled people or refugees are much more likely to experience loneliness. We often find it easier to express complex emotions on paper rather than speaking about them. Sharing your writing with others signals your readers that they’re not alone. But it also broadens the horizons for those readers who have never been in your situation. Writing is intensely stimulating, too, for both the writer and reader.

There are many ways you can share your writing, be it on social media, on your blog, or perhaps you can join a local creative writing club. Whatever you choose to do, whether you share your thoughts or keep them to yourself, you will benefit from the process.