10 Tips To Overcome Loneliness
Loneliness is not something reserved simply for those people who are alone. In fact, many people who are incredibly popular with friends and family can often struggle with feeling lonely.
The advent of the Internet has made it even more difficult to overcome loneliness. We spend endless time on social media messaging each other. Long gone are the days where you called your friends to speak to them. Nowadays, everyone texts.
The problem is further exacerbated in big cities where everyone is too busy simply being busy. And if you do manage to arrange a time to see your friend, there is a fifty/fifty chance they will cancel. I speak from personal experience and know that in big cities, many people frequently have social media relationships with their “close” friends and it is not unheard of to see those friends in person just once or twice a year.
We are a generation that is unwittingly creating an enforced isolation and consequently, people are lonelier than ever before. But the good news is that there are ways to break the cycle.
Here 9 ways to overcome loneliness.
1. Take a break from social media
A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh discovered that the more time a person spent on social media, the higher the chances of them becoming depressed. Try to limit the time you spend on social media, or if possible, take a break from it all together.
This is not just a way to meet other people, but it is also a very positive thing to do that will also have a good impact on your emotional wellbeing.
The meetup society is an excellent way to get out and interact with others. You simply log on for free and see what events are local that interest you. Many people attend alone and it’s an easy way to get to know new people with common interests in your community.
4. Have self-dates
One of the ways to overcome loneliness is to tackle your fear of being on your own. When you learn to enjoy your own company, you may be surprised that you do not feel as lonely as often.
There are hoards of activities which you can do without feeling too self-conscious such as going to a museum, seeing a movie or going for a walk somewhere picturesque.
5. Re-connect with people
If your current circle of friends does not fulfil your social needs, have a scroll through your phone and find people you may be able to reconnect with.
6. Take up a class
There may be something you have always wanted to try such as salsa dancing, yoga, pottery or diving. Not only will you create a new social group but you will also gain a fantastic new hobby.
Curling up with a good book will not only distract your mind but also help you feel more relaxed.
8. Take a trip
It could just be a trip to a nearby town you have never visited before if going abroad is not feasible.
9. Identify your loneliness
If there is a deep-seated cause for your solitude, find ways to address it. Perhaps it was a specific event that happened or something that developed in your childhood. It is never too late to try to change a thought pattern.
10. You are not alone
Even if you do not have friends or family, it does not mean that you are alone. Everyone who is trying to overcome loneliness is the same as everyone else battling to do the same. In some peculiar and mysterious way, this somehow makes us all no longer alone. And in a strange way, it makes everyone all become connected through that common thing they share.
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