Both isolation and loneliness can affect your wellbeing. Even though they are similar, they are two different things. There are multiple reasons as to why someone may become isolated or lonely and this can affect how connected you are with yourself and with others.

Loneliness – I can’t find a definite answer to what loneliness is as it means different things to different people. Loneliness can be where people don’t feel like they have any social connection with others, no matter how much social interaction they have. 

It can mean our human need for meaningful relationships is not fulfilled. 

Isolation – Isolation can have similar feelings to loneliness. However, rather than just having the feelings of loneliness, isolation is also the act of being alone. It’s where someone has little or no social interaction with others.

Five signs that loneliness is becoming isolation!

🐻 Spending more time on your own than usual

🐼 Not having meaningful relationships with others

🐨 Losing interest in your surroundings

🦁 Refraining from doing anything out of your comfort zone

🐯 Justifying why you are spending so much time alone!

I can overcome isolation by… 

🍀 Setting a specific time for going out into the community

🌸 Finding support groups 

🌏 Reaching out to family and friends 

☀️ Make time for the things that you enjoy 

🪐 Change the way you think about yourself 

🦋 Finding out why I feel the way I do

Overall, not having meaningful connections with others can affect your wellbeing. Know that there are people out there that will help you, that will be there got you and will be that community that you need.