Loneliness VS Alone
Some relate these two words, because of the root word "lone" but each term has a distinct meaning. The word "lone" embodies both terms in their meanings. One word empowers, while the other acts as an anchor to your past. Loneliness is that anchor, that is frustrating and confusing. According to a 2018 Acta Biomed research study, loneliness can contribute to mental and physical ailments. On the other hand, alone gives that ability to recharge. Look at Superman and his desires for his Fortress of Solitude. Showing senior clients the differences between the two and how to use "Alone" as the opportunity to recharge and rediscover themselves, will create value. Feeling lonely on the other hand, has you falling deeper into some form of despair. J. Lewis III. speaks on this and and offers solutions that concern people as they age.
1. Low Self-Esteem
To successfully gain value from being alone, one must understand the difference between them. Lonely can occur even when you are around others. It is that empty feeling we have. There was an article that came from a Harvard University article, that compared the effects of loneliness to those of . In the Harvard Business review, the former US Surgeon general, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy stated, "Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.” So separating one from the other, must be stage one in learning the benefits of alone vs the shackles of lonely.
Alone provides the following:
2. Time to Think
3. Time to strategize
4. Peace of mind
5. Ability to explore for the better version of "you"