Have you ever felt lonely in a crowd? Have you ever felt, like there is no one to talk to? If you’ve had such feelings of loneliness, you need to consider some strategies to deal with loneliness. Loneliness is one of the most common unpleasant emotions that millions of people experience day-to-day. For some, it may be a passing emotion. And for others, it’s a recurring sense of desperation and sadness. It can also lead to hopelessness in some people. However, having a strategy to deal with loneliness can be an important safeguard against depression. Here are some of the tips that can help you cope with feelings of loneliness:
1) Have a plan – The first thing to overcome loneliness is to identify your “trouble times” for loneliness. It might be evenings, weekends, or holidays. Make a plan for these times with your friends or family in advance. You can plan activities, like a trip to the movies, listen to music, attend a yoga class, join a health club, or take up any other hobby. A healthy interaction with your family and friends is good; make some effort to reach out to them, face time them when you feel lonely or depressed.
2) A furry friend can lift your mood – You can adopt a dog. Bringing a dog or any other pet into your life may alleviate loneliness by providing social support and companionship. Don’t underestimate the power of the animal to the human connection! Pet therapy is a valued practice. This therapy helps in improving humans’ mental health and social skills.
3) Take a break from social media – If you think that you get depressed or feel lonely after watching other people pictures on social media, it’s time to take a break from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or more. Taking some time away from social media can offer you some clarity and allows you some time to find out what you’re expecting in your relationships. Just remember that everything on social channels is not real, so don’t let the fear of social media overcome you.
4) Keep yourself busy – Whether it is gardening, joining a sports league or gym, volunteering for a cause that you’re passionate about, participate in any activity that makes you happy and allows you to develop new skills. Doing things that you love or wanted to do from sometime will keep you busy and will divert your mind. This will improve your confidence, self-esteem, and help you overcome your loneliness.
5) Think beyond yourself– Depression can make you feel very self-focused, meaning that everything becomes all about you. But remind yourself this is not true. For instance, if your friend or co-worker can’t make for a lunch, whom you’ve asked earlier, don’t assume that person has rejected you. The person might have a previous lunch date or too much work to leave his or her desk.
Take time to get to know yourself, and find love for yourself. You are capable of showing yourself all the love you need. Take pride and comfort in this, and know that you are okay. Just as you are.