I was curious on how do you deal with loneliness?
Last Updated: 09/17/2021 at 10:03pm
Brenda King, PsyD
I treat life changes, women’s issues, and issues of aging using evidence-based treatments with healthy doses of warmth, empathy and humor to enhance healing and growth.
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Loneliness is something I have to face often. Whenever I feel like being lonely I call my friends to catch up or tell them how I feel about them. I also try to think about ten facts in my life that I am grateful for. It helps me realize that my life are not as lonely as I think at that moment. Another option is to give my family a call or talk my dog for a walk. It's nice to remember how many people care for you and are there to support you. More importantly, we need to make the most of life. Connecting with people and having meaningful relationships with them is essential for a happy healthy life
Loneliness can be quite very hard to deal with but we can always try different ways to cope with it. First off you could maybe start with working on connecting in meaningful ways with other people and connecting with the lonely part inside of you. The outside world - If you like sports, join a local sports team. If you like writing, join a writing group. Internal work - Get curious about the meaning of loneliness for you. Try to understand why you feel lonely. You could also simply start practicing small talk - Talk to people you encounter throughout your day. When you enter a coffee shop, make a simple comment about the weather to make impersonal interactions a bit more friendly. If you practice this small talk in a variety of situations, it's easier to start a conversation with people you want to get to know better. You could also try to enjoy your own company. Many people desire any company because they don't like the discomfort when they are alone. You could maybe try to enjoy your own company. Start by reading, watching TED Talks that will make you think, or start a gratitude journal. And embrace who you are. If you're an introvert you might see your social style as negative when you compare yourself to extroverts. Introverts don't need a large group of friends. Be true to yourself. Also, you could find other personal interests such as taking continuing education classes or becoming a volunteer that can put you in touch with like-minded people. Or you could just spend time with a pet. It can help combat feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness can be quite difficult to deal with. It depends if you're lonely but still have friends and acquaintances and in that case there might be something lacking in the friendship that should be worked on. If you don't have friends in the first place, going out and finding some might be a good place to start. I know it's easier said than done and friendship doesn't come so easily for everyone but putting in a solid effort to make a change can result in feeling less lonely and at the least know that you're doing your best. Common social situations would be a good way to do this :)
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