How to Overcome Loneliness in a Locked Down World
On an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast hosted by Joe Rogan himself and guest Johann Hari, they talk about the lack of community in America which is leading up to be the biggest cause of the loneliness epidemic. Rogan talks about our psychological needs, in conjunction with physical needs, deeming them both equally important. One of those psychological needs is bonding with other humans in a social setting. He mentions the current state of America, where fewer and fewer people are walking on paths that ensures that they'll be alone in the years to come. Some by choice, a lot of us by force.
Hari then replies by talking about how loneliness is an inherent signal to our body that something is wrong, releasing cortisol as a response to stress. So not even our bodies are used to being lonely. He then mentions how humans require a sense of belonging. He quotes Bosnian writer Aleksander Hemon who wrote, "Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there." What he means is that we all need a home and a safe space that we go back to at the end of each day to recover parts of ourselves that the world unjustly keeps for itself. We go back to our families, friends, and loved ones for rejoicing in our successes and to nurse our wounds.
To help you recover from this epidemic, we have carefully curated steps that you can take which will help you dive back into the social pipeline. The steps focus on interacting with other people and working on yourself to get the most out of each of those interactions. 10 days of introspection is what you need to help you get back on the saddle and stop this cycle of solitude. Coupled with journaling prompts, it will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the issue at hand and take inventory of your feelings, emotions, and experiences.