Overcoming Loneliness and Shyness

You're not really alone

What does LONELINESS/SHYNESS mean and how to deal with it

For some people loneliness means they have nobody to talk to or communicate with. For others it may mean they feel like they have nobody to connect with or as if nobody cares about them. Loneliness can be described in many ways but the most common theme is depression. Though most people feel lost and disconnected with the world, there are many ways to Overcome Loneliness and Shyness. The most common ways to overcome the situation is to think about others and less about yourself. When you care about other things like your job, people around you, education, etc. you can and will be happier. And the most important thing to do when you're dealing with loneliness is to take care of yourself and TRY to be happy by doing what you love, think about what you love (job, friends/family, significant others, hobby, etc.), and importantly take care of your body (eat right, work out, etc.).

How to know you're lonely and shy

Short term effects: sad, depressed, not going out of comfort zone, couch potato

Long term effects: antisocial, loss of relationships (w/ family, friends, etc.), affects work and working habits, anxious, insecure

You are lonely, but unsure on how to connect with others. You feel uncomfortable or anxious in social situations. Overcoming it gives you friends and a happy/social life (Overcoming Loneliness and Shyness).

How to overcome it:

  • Find people you fit in/get along/connect with
  • Look for the right time, place, and people
  • Speak up about how you feel
  • Don't try to impress anybody
  • Love yourself

Loneliness and shyness statistics

  • It's estimated that one in five Americans suffer from persistent loneliness, and while we're more connected than ever before, social media may actually be exacerbating the problem (Why Loneliness Is A Growing Public Health Concern - And What We Can Do About It).
  • Shyness starts in infancy, with about 10 to 15% of newborns born “inhibited” (about as many are born “bold”), but for most shy people shyness is learned at some later time in life with as many as 40 to 60% of adults report being currently shy people (Facts About Shyness).

Here are some more ways to get information about loneliness and shyness and how to deal with them

Healing loneliness with laughter | Giulia Rozzi | TEDxCapeMay