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7 Ways to Relieve Loneliness

Hi dear Readers! Welcome back to The Art of Onward !! I'm using my story here to inspire yours. Sharing what I've learned through my journey and my struggles, is my way of turning this around, to help make the world a better place by hopefully eliminating the struggle you may be facing.

Loneliness.

This is our topic for this week. Loneliness. Being lonely, feeling lonely. It's different than being isolated, or isolating ourselves, the two can go hand in hand, but

Loneliness stands on its Own.

It is a feeling deep within us. It feels like a deep empty hole, and the temptation is to try to fill it as soon as we possibly can, because we so badly want that feeling to go away.

We can run to social media and begin talking with whomever we can find available.

We can work more, longer.

We can surround ourselves with people, and jump from one event or party to another.

We can erroneously jump in to romantic relationships to try to fill the void.

Because it is a void. And it can be discouraging. And it IS PAINFUL to feel lonely.

I'm preparing myself for a season of loneliness as my youngest daughter is going off to University on the other side of the country. I know I will miss her terribly. She is such a big part of my life. It's bringing back memories of when my oldest daughter moved far away as well, and I thought I would never get past the pain within me that even manifested in to physical pain.

I am fiercely connected with my daughters. And now that connection will need to continue on a spiritual realm, physically so removed.

It will be difficult. I know this.

You may be feeling lonely in your situation, it is like a type of grief, isn't it? The end of someone in our lives, the removal of a reality we've come to love.

Loneliness hurts.

And it affects us all at some point in our lives.

I can empathize with loneliness, and that deep hole within, which is