The rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled in the past 30 years, says John T. Cacioppo, a psychologist and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, who studies loneliness including analysis of several large studies. These days, he estimates, some 40% of Americans report being lonely, up from 20% in the 1980s.
Loneliness is not a condition to be treated but rather a natural part of the human experience. And that’s a good thing says Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, program coordinator of mental health services at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California. “The most helpful thing to know about loneliness is that it isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something you can control,” she says. “It’s okay to be lonely sometimes, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you.”
Sure spending time alone is more fun when it is by choice, especially when you are enjoying making your handmade products. But sometimes, you feel the need for social interaction too.
In this video by Marie Forleo, you’ll learn 8 smart strategies to stay emotionally connected and productive – while still retaining that work-from-home freedom you love.
So how about you? What are you doing to avoid feeling lonely while being busy in your craft room? Please share it with us in the comment box below.
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