Combating Loneliness | The first step is the hardest part - Carenote

April 22, 2019 2 min read

When you’re lonely, it’s not uncommon to believe that you lack social connection because there’s something wrong with you, maybe you feel that you’re a burden or drain on others. Because of this self-blame, we can also feel stressed, anxious, and have low self-esteem. This makes it even more difficult to establish the connections we need to feel better again. As we get older, it can be particularly difficult to admit that you wish you had more interaction with others since it could result in practical consequences, like suggestions you should no longer live independently.   

At Carenote, we believe we all deserve to feel connected, important, and supported. We stand by the power of conversation, of human connection, to lift us out of loneliness. But we recognize that while the solution is relatively simple, it’s getting there, mentioning to a friend, family, or caregiver that you’re lonely, that’s the hard part.

Admitting loneliness seems less overbearing when we realize thatneeding others is not reflective of our ability to be independent or that others’ schedules are not reflective of our importance in their lives. At Carenote, we understand this, which is why we overcome these concerns by working as a team with you and your loved ones. We can all use a helping hand sometimes.   

Our team is never too busy or caught up in something else, we just want to know how you’re doing. Unlike with doctors or nurses, there doesn’t need to be a problem in order for us to speak. Our team just wants to chat, and (hopefully) have a few laughs along the way.

Telling someone you’re lonely can seem like an insurmountable task. The thing with loneliness is that it is our own. Not unlike other forms of pain, we may be surrounded by people who won’t notice our suffering unless we say something. We’re here to say something to all of you, hoping that you’ll say something back:You’re not alone. We’d love to get to know you.