Tips for managing loneliness

Do you sometimes feel lonely? People feel lonely for many reasons including relocation and separation from a loved one. You may be surrounded by people yet find it difficult to “fit in”, or feel “different” to those around you. You may feel lonely in a room full of people because you find it difficult to begin a conversation or join a conversation.

Some tips for managing loneliness including changes in behaviour that may result in more and better relationships:

• Becoming more socially active, seeking out and joining in activities where you are likely to meet people
• Showing more interest in others rather than simply waiting for them to make the first move
• Being prepared to listen to others rather than just talk about yourself
• Picking up the phone. Many friends and family members may be experiencing loneliness themselves and would really appreciate you making the effort to contact them
• Physical activity can have a positive effect in making us feel better about ourselves.

It is also important to remember that being alone does not have to mean being lonely. You can learn to appreciate time spent alone.

• Many people need time to be alone, or “me time” to do what they want, when they want and how they want. Even simply staying home can help us collect our thoughts and restore calm in a busy world.
• Walking alone in nature can have a positive effect on us feeling better about being on our own.
• Being alone can minimise distraction and sometimes we can get more done.

In conclusion, there are many things that can be done to minimise feelings of loneliness and to realise that being alone can be a positive experience too.


Jonathan Holman





Category : Anxiety & Blog & Lonliness & Procrastination

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