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The Loneliness Factor: How Being Alone And Feeling Lonely Aren’t So Alike

Apr 10, 2020

By: Lynn.edu

And what students and parents can do about it

Some people like spending time alone. As long as they have the opportunity to connect with others when they want to, they are fine.

For others, being alone presents a challenge that grows with time: loneliness.

Loneliness occurs when you feel alone and sad or develop anxiety over feeling disconnected or isolated. Loneliness can cause you to have negative thoughts, feel uncertain about the future or more likely to engage in risky behavior. It can also lead to lasting health impacts, like inflammation and heart disease.

But—it doesn’t have to! Here are five tips for battling loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Reach out. Talk to at least one person every day, or schedule a virtual lunch.
  • Netflix and quarantine. Have an online watch party with friends. Movies and media can positively impact moods!
  • Take a stroll through your camera roll. Look through pictures of favorite moments and share them with people who were along for the ride.
  • Find your tribe. Join online communities to meet people with similar interests. Your people are out there.
  • Tune in. Get to know yourself! Practice self-care, meditate, journal and rest.

And if that doesn’t work, leaning on your parents or guardians can help. (Yes. We said the “P” word.)

But for real, they play many important roles in your life, from guardian and friend, to educator and disciplinarian. If you’re feeling lonely, it might be time to let your parents help:

  • Don’t give them the silent treatment. Regular communication can help boost your mood and battle the blues.
  • Ask for their ear. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t expect your parents to solve your problems for you, but to help you think independently about your situation.
  • Share Lynn with them! Help them discover what resources Lynn offers you, and explore them together. For example, YOU@Lynn is like Tumblr for wellbeing, or maybe they want to peek at next semester’s class schedule after you talk with your academic adviser.
  • Remind them why you’re on your devices: You have to read emails (to get news from Lynn!), right? Besides, Lynn’s offering other stuff they might like, too. Maybe they can join one of the extracurricular activities Lynn offers, like eSports and Lunch ‘n’ Learns.

And hey, if chatting with your parents isn’t for you, that’s okay too. Check out virtual office hours for Counseling or the Health Center, chat with a librarian or look into other services Lynn offers.

The Student Success Team is also here to help! They can talk to you or to your parents—and while the team can’t always tell them specifics about you, they can help your parents know that Lynn’s got your back.

Everyone at Lynn University is committed to helping you succeed. Through good communication with you and with your parents’ support in this uncertain time, we can all battle loneliness and stay on point and on track, together.

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