Loneliness is another of the negatives generated by the end of a partnership. The transition from couple to single creates loneliness, as there is a loss of your most significant relationship. This is called ‘emotional loneliness’, where what is missing is an intimate relationship with another person.

But loneliness also comes from forced changes to your social dynamics. You’ll lose friends. You may have changes in your roles. You may be forced to change or give up you hobbies and activities due to financial constraints. Often feelings of guilt, shame and loss will compel you to withdraw. This is called ‘social loneliness’ and it is accompanied by a feeling of being cut off from everything significant in your life.

For steps to overcoming loneliness see blog  5 steps to change loneliness from a burden to a bonus