I watched a video by a young woman on YouTube titled- I Have No Friends So I then typed the title into the YouTube search bar and found there are numerous such videos. Loneliness is at an all time high in this social media age.
My therapist Dezi repeatedly would tell me that isolation is an aspect of depression, so that is why we need to get out and not be isolated. But a person can sit in a place like a coffee shop and still feel alone.
That is why I arrange to meet people in coffee shops such as this afternoon I will meet with my friends from Ukraine Alexey and Ruslana. We will meet at my alternate coffee shop. It will be good to sit in the outdoor seating area and talk. I also meet with my friend Todd at a coffee shop about once a month and other friends at other times. I still like sitting alone in a coffee shop to write, but make it a point to also have times I meet friends.
Having been a member of the same church since 1994, I have seen so many people come and go. But there are some who have been there the whole time that I interact with every Sunday and at other times. I value those friendships.
The friendship I value most is with Jesus. Jesus calls us friend. He said so himself in John 15:15
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you
The creator of the universe wants friendship with us. That is so incredible and a truth we cannot fully fathom, but can accept by faith.
Jesus has also given us the church, his family, a place where we can meet people and connect. I am thankful for my friends at church.
In this age of social media, people are feeling more isolated. Seeing people posting photos of the great times they are having when we are feeling low makes it worse. Getting off our cell phones, tablets, etc,. long enough to interact with others is so important.
What are your thoughts on loneliness?
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
10 thoughts on “May Is Mental Health Awareness Month- Loneliness”
Seeing people posting photos of the great times they are having when we are feeling low makes it worse.
I agree and that’s one reason why I quit Facebook.
I only use Facebook to keep track of birthdays and for messenger to communicate. I also post things like info about my book but I rarely scroll though the news feed
Making a conscious effort to become friendly towards others and then close to some of them is one way to avoid loneliness. Becoming close to family members works the same way though the beginning of it must be learnt from parents and those who train us.
I had to intentionally befriend my church members because I was older than many of them when I joined my current congregation.
Making friends does require effort on our part like you have done in your church
When I had social media, I felt very lonely. I had thousands of followers online and yet felt very alone. Today, I have zero social media (except my blog) and I go to church, study group, and spend time with other new moms. I don’t have a GIANT social circle, but I certainly don’t feel lonely anymore 😊 And all thanks to Jesus! God inspired me to leave social media behind and become active in my community, in person.
Thank you for sharing your experience little sister. That might be a good blog post for you in the future.
That’s a great idea 😊👍
I’m thankful Jesus is our faithful friend.
Amen- our eternal faithful friend 🙂