If anything, it would be unusual if you didn’t have some experience of loneliness.” Log onto social media and it can seem like everyone else is having an amazing time.
“If you’re lonely, you don’t feel like anyone will want to talk to you or be friends with you,” says Lucie.
Research has shown it can also affect your physical health, including your blood pressure, the strength of your immune system and even your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life.
Mental health charity Mind says loneliness is about ‘not feeling part of the world’.
Loneliness makes you feel emotionally isolated – like you’re not connected to people, or you don’t belong.
Join a support group: If you don’t feel ready to meet new people, or it’s going to take more than a few new faces to make you feel better, you could find it helpful to join a support group.
There’s no pressure to make friends, it’s simply somewhere to talk to other people who are dealing with the same kinds of issues and feelings as you.
“Even if you’ve got lots of friends on Facebook, you might feel you have nobody to actually talk to about your problems.” It can seem like everyone else has it sorted, but that doesn’t mean they do.
And if you feel like you’re faking it, you won’t be the only one.
So it’s understandable if feeling lonely is getting you down. It might seem like it now, but really that’s just the loneliness talking.