Spring, Springs Solitude

Spring is a beautiful time of year. The weather gets warmer, plants go from barren to bloom, animals return from hibernation, and summer is right around the corner. It’s a time full of rebirth and refreshment.

Yet, while spring can be gorgeous, the changes that come with it are often very isolating. For many, spring is when kids are about to graduate or leave the house for college or their careers.

A dear friend shared this quote she came across on Facebook:

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone, and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” -Paul Tilch, Philosopher

I like this quote because it lays out the duality of being alone. On the one hand, being alone can be joyful. On the other hand, being alone can feel lonely. This constant balancing act is never easy. There are ways to overcome loneliness; you must find what works for you.

When my friend read the comments posted about the quote, many people said they felt lonely now that their kids were out of the house.

Here are several ways to pull yourself out of a loneliness slump.

✨Acknowledge your feelings
Nobody wants to admit they’re lonely, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Instead, allow yourself to acknowledge the feeling. Once you have recognized it, you can start to take action.

✨Join a new club or group
Joining a club or group provides a sense of community and a supportive environment. Socializing with others helps to minimize loneliness.

Volunteering puts life back into perspective. Serving the community reminds us so much more is happening in the world than in our lives. When we volunteer, we fulfill a more significant purpose greater than ourselves.

✨Spend time with nature
Spend time outdoors. Reconnecting with nature gets our endorphins up and re-centers the mind.

Loneliness is normal, and it’s okay to feel this way as you adjust to a new part of your life.

What does solitude mean to you?