“Help, I Have No Friends!”- How to Address Loneliness and Feel Connected
Many people are afraid of loneliness. We don’t like to admit it or talk about it, but as human beings, we need social connections. Some of us have been lonely for a long time and have forgotten how it feels to be around people. Being emotionally alone can be just as bad as being physically alone.
Here are the 5 ways to get your social life back on track:
1. Reaching out by phone
Sending a text or email can be a powerful tool for picking up the pace of your day-to-day activities. It can also help bridge the gap when friends are away or unwell. If you are lonely, however, this may not be the best approach. When you have friends nearby you can easily reach out to them and it may help them to care more about your well-being. If you can't find the time to talk regularly, at least send an alert when someone is online so you can meet up in person or remotely connect via social media.
2. Embrace online communities
It is easy to feel lonely in this world. No one understands your situation like a parent or teacher, and the media often paints a negative portrait of aging populations. Loneliness is not a sign of weakness, but a time to strengthen your bonds with others. Social media offers old friends new ways to connect and communicate. Explore online communities where you can be mentored, inspired and rewarded for your accomplishments. The Internet is your friend. Go ask in chat rooms where other users are chatting about stories from their past or current relationships. With some effort and creativity, you can make new friends while still remaining anonymous and free.
3. Make plans with friends and family
Loneliness can strike at any time and can have a devastating impact on a person's life. It's important to address loneliness in your life by making plans with others, joining clubs or activities that help you connect with others and by looking for new ways to spend time with friends and family. Being lonely doesn't have to be an isolating experience. Being social can make a huge difference in how you feel. So keep those plans together and look for new ways to spend time with those who matter most.
4. Volunteer your services
Lonely people are more likely to engage in service work that is like doing something meaningful and helpful, but they may lack the emotional resources necessary to identify the right services and set goals that are realistic and achievable. Instead of feeling lonely, try volunteering for something meaningful and helpful. Involvement in a project may help make you feel better about yourself and increase your self-esteem. It's also an excellent way to meet new people and learn about other ways people live their lives.
Don't be afraid to be proactive with tackling loneliness. Loneliness is a huge problem in the world - millions of people experience it every year. Social isolation is also contributing to higher levels of depression, anxiety disorders and heart disease. Now, you can solve many of these problems by improving your social relationships, going out more and even taking up a hobby. But there's one thing that can help immensely...exercise. Regular exercise is the best way to regulate your emotions and improve your mood. And the key is not giving up on what you love. Entertainment can be about stimulating new ideas, challenging your beliefs and expanding your horizon - all while having a good time doing it!
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