4 Sneaky Signs You’re Lonely (And What To Do About It)

Whether it’s a move to a new city or school, a breakup or a random rough patch, we all get lonely from time to time. This is pretty normal, but too much loneliness can be taxing on our mental and physical health. In fact, a recent study found that feelings of loneliness increase mortality risk by 26 percent.

That’s a pretty startling statistic, so it’s important to get your loneliness facts down and take action if you’re feeling lonely. Here’s what you should know:

Feeling lonely?

1. You binge-watch in record time.

Did you rip through all ten seasons of “Friends” when it hit Netflix? You might not feel lonely, but a study from the University of Texas found that people who are more lonely and depressed are more likely to binge watch. We’re not trying to take life’s simple pleasures away from you, just make sure you’re getting enough people time in.

2. You know how you’re supposed to behave in a social situation, you just have trouble doing it.

Through a series of four experiments, Franklin & Marshall College professor Megan L. Knowles found that lonely people may actually have a better understanding of social skills than non-lonely people, but they choke under pressure when it comes time to apply them to real-world situations. So if you have a tough time making conversation in social situations, remind yourself that you’re probably a lot better at it than you think.

3. Being alone doesn’t feel like downtime — it feels lonely.

Feeling lonely is a whole lot different than carving out a little “me” time. Spending time alone by choice actually has a lot of health benefits.

A Scientific American article states:

Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity —> Read More