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How to be alone but not lonely

Are you afraid that being alone will make you lonely? Discover the difference between aloneness and loneliness, plus some practical ways to challenge this fear.

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Although they sound similar, ‘lonely’ and ‘alone’ have very different meanings. Loneliness is an emotion brought on by a need for companionship, and everyone experiences this in their own unique way. Aloneness however is an observable fact that there is no one around you.

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Combat a fear of spending time alone by changing your perspective and remembering that time spent alone won’t last forever. Look for the positives- you can learn more about yourself and get things done without being distracted!

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Figure out what triggers your fear so you can fix it. For example, if you’re scared of being bored then do a fun activity, or if you have FOMO avoid social media for a few hours.

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