The Internet is probably the greatest purveyor of communication since the printing press. Thanks to that brilliant invention, the world is now virtually connected with the click of a mouse.
We can be sailing along just fine – independent, self-contained, pursuing our own interests, plenty of friends, regular contact with family members, and then boom! – the holidays come upon us and we feel like our ship starts to sink.
When you are feeling a little lonely, it is easy to suffer in silence. You may even feel like you are alone in your loneliness… that all of the happy people that you see in your Facebook feed are enjoying life while you struggle to stay connected. The truth is that almost all of us feel lonely from time-to-time. In fact, in a recent survey, 75% of the women in our community said that they sometimes feel lonely. This is a challenge… but, it is also an opportunity for us to support each other. Together, we can defeat loneliness! To kick off this discussion, I wanted to share an article (and two videos that I recorded) with some advice on how to beat loneliness. I hope that you will also share some ideas! Do you sometimes feel a little lonely? What positive steps are you going to take today to build the friendships that you deserve?
Most boomer women have a strong work ethic and derive a great sense of identity from their work. After all, many of us started working when we were 15 and have worked for 45 years, so when work ends, there is often a huge void in our lives. This leaves many of us looking for ways to avoid loneliness in retirement.
If you have ever felt alone, lonely and disconnected from the world, you will resonate with the character in Gail Honeyman’s book, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
We’ve all probably felt lonely from time to time because loneliness is truly a non-discriminant emotion, meaning that it affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds equally.
Caregivers are usually dependable, persistent, detailed, vigilant – and seemingly tireless. But not many people would characterize caregivers as lonely. Yet as a caregiver, I have experienced many periods of loneliness. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel the same way.
Do you ever feel a little lonely? On some level, no matter how many friends we have, I think that we all do! So, today, I would like to offer 6 creative ways to fight back about loneliness. Then, I would love to hear your suggestions for staying social and connected after 60. Join us for a cup of tea (or coffee) and a chat. And, if you enjoy the show, please tell one friend about us today. Your support means so much to me!
A lonely woman. Aren’t these powerful, dare I say, almost ugly words? Conjuring up someone pathetic, perhaps? Someone you probably don’t want to know?
On the surface, loneliness is a simple concept. You feel lonely when you don’t have enough of the right people in your life. Isn’t it that simple? Well… not really. In fact, having talked with hundreds of women in our community about their feelings on this matter, I can tell you that loneliness is a complex problem. So, today, I would like to share a few things that I have learned about loneliness. I hope that my advice will help you to find the friendship and happiness that you deserve! Come join us for a cup of tea (or coffee) and a chat. And, if you enjoy the show, please tell one friend about us today. Your support means so much to me!