Did you know that loneliness is one of the most common human emotions. It is possible to feel lonely when we are surrounded by people. Loneliness is not necessarily the absence of others in our lives, but more so the lack of meaningful relationships. It can be hard to break out of the loneliness, especially when its brought on by mental health issues. Loneliness may not entirely be within our control, but there are some things that can we can do to tilt the odds in our favor by shifting our thinking.
Incorporate these six strategies to shift from loneliness to meaningful relationship this Fall Season.
- Explore the source of your loneliness. Do you feel lonely after work? Or on the weekends? Or are you lonely for you to have someone to shop with or share lunch with? Or is possible you are lonely at night while sitting on the couch while watching your favorite TV show?
- Identify places where you can connect with others. There are people all around you, neighbors, coworkers, former friends and current friends and family members who live close by. Utilizing the internet can serve a good resource if you are looking to connect with others that you have established a relationship with before and looking forward to connecting with them. Other options to consider includes groups, forums, meet up opportunities and organization with common interest.
- Try hobbies that you can do with others. Develop a list of all the things you like to do and identify those things that can be done with other people. Ask the people you know to join you. Join a club, league that’s relevant to your interest, volunteer, explore new place in your city or travel to a new town for a day.
- Enhance your current relationships. Maybe you don’t need to connect with new people. Perhaps all you need to do is strengthen your current relationships in your life. Taking a greater interest in the lives of others and be willing to share more of your own life. Spending time with your current tribe or current group of friends my be he jump start that you need to combat your loneliness. You may other find when you strengthens your current relationships it will bring you into contact with more people. You might find that friends of your friends can be your friends also.
- Cherish your alone time. Think of all the great things you can by yourself without interruption. Things that one can include learning a foreign language, playing an instrument, reading a book or even writing a book. You can watch whatever you want on Netflix without having to worry about another person’s viewing preferences.
- Get out of the house. Avoid the temptation to use digital relationships as a substitute for contact with someone in-person. The odds are stacked against someone just showing up ringing your doorbell. Nothing will happen until you take control of your social life and get out the front door. The world is waiting for you.
A little loneliness now and then can be good. However, if you are lonely on a regular basis, do what can do to enhance your social life and current relationships. There are many people in the world just waiting for someone like you to reach out to them. Be the one to take the initiative or “shoot your shot.” You will be glad that you did. It is possible to feel connected while working toward mental health. Healing can happen when we experience healthy relationships. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let know how these strategies helped you combat loneliness this fall.
Be Well & Balanced,