Most people feel lonely sometimes, for many different reasons. If loneliness is affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help. Loneliness has many different causes and it can affect people of all ages.
It is often linked with things that could prevent you spending time with other people, such as:
living or working alone
illness or disability
bereavement (losing someone or something)
moving to a new area, job, school or university
social anxiety (social phobia)
However, you do not have to be on your own all the time to feel lonely. Many people feel lonely in a relationship or while spending time with friends or family.
Other significant life events such as buying a house, having a baby or planning a wedding could also lead to feelings of loneliness, and more recently the COVID pandemic has isolated 1 in 5 people according to a YouGov survey.
You might find it hard to explain to people why you feel this way, but talking to someone could help you find a solution.