Spending time alone is powerful. Solitude can be a healthy, rejuvenating experience, allowing us to reconnect with our needs, goals, and feelings. It allows you to understand yourself deeper.

Some people require more solitude than others.

Introverts for instance enjoy spending lots of time alone and can feel drained through social interaction. While extroverts often need more social interaction to feel fulfilled. There is no right or wrong experience here, it all comes down to understanding what works best for you.

However too much time alone can result in loneliness and isolation. Self-isolation is an absence of social relationships and emotional support. It is distinct from solitude, which is simply the state of being alone.

Social media promises to help users feel more connected, but recent research suggests it may have the opposite effect. Social media may be a factor in loneliness when it replaces in-person connections for online interactions.

Feeling connected to others is important for our mental and physical wellbeing and can protect against anxiety and depression. For example, a person might develop depression because of intense loneliness, then feel even more isolated because of their depression.

Humans are social animals who need human contact to thrive.

Some reasons you might feel lonely or isolated may come from what is happening in your life, especially if you are facing big challenges or have experienced major changes lately. Feeling lonely or isolated for a long time or for no obvious reason could be a sign of depression. Talking to a doctor, a therapist, good friends or family is the first step to change the situation to move forward in life.