My feelings can lie to me. This is what I have been reminding myself of every day this week since a friend of mine mentioned it last Friday night.
Even when I'm feeling lonely, it doesn't mean that I'm actually alone.
I have an incredible amount of support around me, but sometimes I feel lonely anyway.
I have learned that I have to let myself feel my feelings, until I don't feel them anymore. The feeling of loneliness passes pretty quickly if I let it run its course without fretting about it. If I dwell on the fact that I am feeling lonely, I feel worse. If I allow myself to feel lonely, but remind myself that it is only a feeling and keep on living my normal everyday life anyway, it doesn't bother me too much.
I have learned to be honest with myself...as in, "yes, I am feeling lonely right now, but that's okay. It doesn't mean that I am alone, and tomorrow is a new day. I have hope, and a future, and a God who loves me, and friends who love me. I will make it through".