Feeling Empty: Causes, Overcoming Tips And More

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What Is Feeling Empty?

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Emptiness is a condition that people may feel as though they suffer from. People who do not know what emptiness is can describe it as feeling “lost”, “alone”, and even “worthless”. Symptoms of feeling empty include-

  • Loss of appetite
  • Desire for solitude
  • Feelings of isolation
  • A feeling of utter sadness

People who feel empty may have a sense that “something is missing” in their lives. They may try to fill this void by engaging in negative behaviors such as drinking, doing drugs, spending money excessively or even self-harming. People are looking for an escape from the emptiness they are feeling inside of them, but what they do not realize is that it is within themselves they need to look for this “something missing”.

People who are suffering from emptiness go through life feeling as though there is no meaning in their existence. They feel isolated and alone, not because of the actual physical space around them, but because they feel disconnected from everything and everyone around them (How to fill the void).

Causes Of Feeling Empty

Causes Of Feeling Empty

This feeling of emptiness can occur for a variety of reasons. It could be due to loss, such as losing a family member or friend. This type of emptiness is known as existential emptiness and may last until the person finds meaning in life without this individual (How to fill the void). Another cause may be an overall sense that you are not living your life to the fullest and that you are settling for less than what you deserve. This type of emptiness may develop from past traumas or other experiences in a person’s life.

People who have experienced these feelings of emptiness should try engaging in activities that provide meaning to their lives, whether it is spending time with loved ones or participating in volunteer work. By filling your life with these meaningful activities, you can begin to see life in a different way and ease the feelings of emptiness.

Overcoming Feeling Empty

Overcoming Feeling Empty

One treatment for this condition is psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. A therapist can help people who are experiencing emptiness by exploring the root cause of these feelings. They can help people challenge their worldviews and make sense of their experiences to create meaning in their lives.

It is not necessary that everyone who feels empty will end up developing a mental illness, even if they continue to experience emptiness. However, it is important that people find what works best for them in order to ease these feelings of emptiness and find meaning within their lives.

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Talking about your feelings

When people feel lonely or isolated, they typically don’t talk to anyone at all. When we become completely disconnected from any form of communication we lose the ability to express ourselves and may even begin to feel as though we do not exist.

This causes people to become more isolated, which can lead people to experience emptiness. When it seems like nobody understands you, the best thing you can do is simply let someone know how you are feeling.

When you talk about your feelings, even with complete strangers, make sure that the people who hear them understand that what’s important isn’t what they do or say after you talk about your feelings, but that you are starting an ongoing dialogue with them by expressing yourself.

Whatever type of relationship you have with people around you should not hinder the ability to open up to other people. Having a good friend is great, but there are endless amounts of people throughout the world who are going through the same things as you.

Validate your feelings

Validate your feelings

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but everyone experiences emptiness from time to time and that happens for a reason. It’s not because there is something wrong with you or that you should be ashamed of yourself. If other people feel this way from time to time too, I think it’s pretty safe to say that emptiness is a completely natural feeling.

In fact, even when it seems like everything in the world around you is going great and that there couldn’t possibly be any reason why you should feel empty inside, life goes on and new things happen. Sometimes we just don’t see them at first because we are so caught up in our own little lives.

Spend time around positive people

Positive people are good for your mood and can help you to feel less empty inside, but negative people who do nothing but complain about their problems all day long should be avoided at all costs. If you spend too much time with these types of people, you’re going to carry their problems around with you and feel just as empty as they do.

It is also important to not spend time thinking about the past or worrying about the future so much because your mind tends to wander when it has nothing else to focus on. That’s why we need positive people and meaningful activities in our lives, so that when our minds are free to wander, there is always something good on the mind. The best thing that anyone can do for you is to simply be understanding and try their best to make you feel like less of an outcast, not by telling you all about how they’ve been through the same things as you, but by actually trying to understand the way that your mind works at this very moment in time.

Listening to music

Listening to music

Music has a very special ability of triggering memories in us and can make us feel like we are experiencing certain emotions again. Even if it has been years since we have felt this way. When you listen to a song that you heard when you were going through a difficult time. It immediately triggers those negative emotions and makes you feel just as empty as you did before.

But if the song is good enough, hearing it again can help you focus on the positive memories attached to this feeling. Rather than the negative feelings themselves. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

Spend time with animals

Believe it or not, spending time around animals can have a very positive effect on your mood and sense of emptiness. Because of the way they make you feel connected to life again through their unconditional love and support. If you’re lucky enough to have a pet in your household, take advantage of that as much as you can.

If you don’t have a pet or if your pet doesn’t really care about you all that much. Then volunteer at an animal shelter every once in a while. The only way to feel worse than how empty and alone you feel is to see just how many other people are feeling the exact same thing.

Go to a public place

Go to a public place

It doesn’t even matter where you go. Just as long as the people around you are complete strangers who don’t know you. Whether it’s a busy city street or an area filled with tons of shops, you’re sure to feel less empty. If there are other people around who are actually going on with their lives.

It’s those little things that go unnoticed by most people every day, like a woman pushing a baby stroller or a guy mowing his lawn. That makes you feel less empty inside for a brief moment during the day. Granted, it might not seem like much but these little things can really help to brighten up an otherwise boring day. And make you feel like a part of something.

Be honest with yourself

No one can ever understand what it’s like to be in your shoes. No matter how much we try to relate and sympathize. So don’t even bother trying to explain what you’re going through right now. Because no one will ever be able to relate to you.

Remember that you don’t have to hide who you are from anyone. No matter how different your feelings might be from the average person’s feelings at this precise moment in time. People will love and appreciate you for exactly who you are. As long as they can relate to your problems as well as sympathize with them. But they won’t see you as the same person if you don’t feel comfortable opening up about your feelings with them.

So be honest about how you’re feeling, but make sure that they are someone who will understand. Even though it might not seem like that at first glance. If not, then find someone else who might see things from your point of view and can offer some words of wisdom to you. Even though it’s always best if they’ve been through the same exact things as you have.

Seek professional help

Seek professional help

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist who practices talk therapy. Surrounding yourself with positive people can do wonders for your mental health. But there are also people out there that simply need to speak with a therapist in order to feel alive again.

However you decide to deal with your emptiness, just don’t let it get the best of you. Because there are so many things out there that can either help or hinder your recovery process. Just remember that you are not alone and there is always something better ahead for you. Whenever you feel that life has lost its luster for you.

What Happens When You Feel Empty For A Long Time?

What happens when a person feels empty for a long time is that they can feel lost and alone in the world. This person may not feel like they fit in with society and may feel like they are misunderstood. This person may also have a hard time connecting with other people. All of this can leave that person feeling alone and lost.

If you feel empty for a long time, you may end up getting depressed. There are all sorts of things that can make you depressed. Feeling empty is one of them, but there are other things like financial problems or family problems that may cause someone to get depressed.

How Long Does It Take To Stop Feeling Empty?

How Long Does It Take To Stop Feeling Empty?

It depends on the person and the circumstances. If you’re feeling empty because someone close to you died, this may take longer to recover from. This is because you lost someone that was close to you and it’s difficult to come to terms with the loss. It can also be harder for some people than others to cope with death.

On the other hand, if you are feeling empty because of job stress or a bad relationship break up. This may pass more quickly. This is because you and your mind will eventually adjust and you’ll be able to cope with these things better.


Feeling empty is a feeling that people experience when they are not fulfilled in their lives. It can be difficult to define what causes this emptiness. But it often stems from the inability to find meaning and purpose in life. While there may not always be an answer as to why you feel empty. We hope that these four steps will help guide your journey towards filling up: Discovering Yourself; Connecting with Others; Finding Meaningful Work, and Giving Back. After reading about these four steps, if you still don’t know how to fill yourself up. Or want some more advice on how best to do so- please reach out. We would love for our team of experts to work with you one on one to help guide your journey towards a more fulfilling life. You can book a free 30-minute consultation with our experts.

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