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Loneliness can strike anyone throughout society, even those in relationships, or those with successful careers. It has been described as a "social pain", where a person's network of social relations is deficient in some way.

Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people and one who feels lonely, is lonely. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental, emotional, and physical factors.

Freelancers, remote workers and entrepreneurs can find themselves lonely due to extended work hours, off-kilter work-life balance, or different expectations with friends and family about social availability. Intense periods of focus on work can often become self-sustaining patterns of isolation, as social ties are weakened.

As a solo worker, you should take care to make strong commitments to socialise and deepen your personal relationships.