I wish loneliness were not such a taboo

Is anyone else lonely? I feel so lonely I am struggling to work from home. There's just all this restlessness and sadness in me and I need to go drug my mind on a phone game or something. The emptiness is so real it's distracting.

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  • It's not taboo, its increasingly common. Even before the pandemic it seemed that so many people felt isolated and fucked up due to the loss of socialization from screen time. I guarantee you, there are MANY people you know who feel that way. Admitting it to others is the first step to stopping it.

    Honestly, I've reached a point in my life where I straight up tell my friends and loved ones if I feel scared or irrational or sad or unsupported. I obviously dont tell every one of them everything I am going through, but I just say it, without apologies.

    I mean even in the past few weeks, I've told friends I need to chill after binge drinking on the holidays. I've told them that I feel codependent and weird and depressed from being alone during the pandemic and going back to my family. I've told them I had crazy, irrational thoughts after resuming ADHD meds the first day, and we laughed about it & everyone was awesome.

    I've never been shamed a single fucking time for admitting vulnerability. In fact, every one of my friends and family was glad to talk about it cause they have felt the same exact way. This pandemic, admit it or not, has affected everyone's mental health, one way or another...whether it be isolation, anger and defiance, disgust with the world, anxiety, or lack of human contact.

    It's incredibly common to have some type of issue. Unless you are a constant whiner and attention whore with high ME energy, in my experience, people are RELIEVED when you say...hey I'm having a hard time. I fucked up. I miss you.

    I've gotten overwhelming support from my friends just by not pussing out and admitting when I'm having a hard time. They've been there for me & they have come to me when they're struggling.

    Honesty is underrated. Everyone's had a shit go lately. Its FINE to be lonely and sad.

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  • I wrap my arms around myself and hug myself, do video chat's with friends and cuddle my pillow when I'm only. Might help you. Wish you luck 💜 you're not alone in this feeling.

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  • I'm feeling less lonely since Black Friday, but now I feel annoyed.

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    • How come? Did you buy an Alexa?

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      • HAHA! 😆 Nope, worse.

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        • Tell all 🙈.

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          • Ive been pressured to stay at my folks' house, and sleep in the guest room since Black Friday instead of staying at my own house, and sleeping in my own bed next door. My mother is 80 years old, and my father will be 85 at the end of this January.

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  • There's nothing wrong with being alone if when you're alone is when you're at your most liberated. Some people's partners make them feel like they're alone even when they're together.

    It's all a question of mentality. Company comes in many forms, not just in the form of a partner.

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    • I didn't say it was in the form of a partner that I needed company - though that too would be lovely. It's more a general sense of social isolation.

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  • It's sad but it's not exactly a "taboo".

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    • It is around here. What I mean by that is that if you say "I feel lonely" you can't expect people to feel comfortable.

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      • Right, it’s more acceptable to say you’re bored! It’s annoying. I’ve been lonely for years. It sucks. And so is any online advice about trying to fix it.

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