Loneliness is when you feel like you have nobody to connect with and express yourself to. Humans are social beings and when we lack interaction with others we tend to feel lonely. Social loneliness is when you lack a social network or a group of friends while emotional loneliness is lacking a specific person like a parent or sibling. Speaking to a counsellor is helpful as it is a safe space to let out all your emotions without the fear of being judged. You will have someone to talk to on a regular basis and guide you through your spiralling emotions. Loneliness is linked to depression, stress and sleep problems. Speaking to a professional will prevent any mental health conditions in the future.
Grief is the reaction to any type of loss, bereavement is a type of grief for the death of a loved one. Different people react to loss in various ways. Grief does not only involve sadness but also guilt, anger, rebellion and denial. The intensity varies as one may mourn the loss of a loved one while another may grieve the loss of a relationship. Steering your way through these emotions can be difficult and that is where therapy comes in. a therapist will help you mourn the loss and recover from it. It will help you identify the different stages of grief and where you stand in the recovery process.
Distress is great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction often due to a state of extreme necessity or misfortune. Counselling and therapy are most helpful to reduce and eliminate distress. It allows you a safe space to vent out and express emotions without the fear of being judged. Simultaneously counselling will help you learn strategies to cope with the present distress as well as distress that may arise in the future.