“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty”
Have you ever been in a room crowded with people and still felt lonely? The truth is, you can feel lonely anywhere, anytime. Loneliness is something we all feel at times and to varying degrees, but it can also be something that we feel uneasy about admitting to.We have put together some tips to help you feel more connected to those around you.Once you start getting these wheels into motion, you can start preventing the loneliness from troubling you as much in the future.
Seek Out Like-Minded People
What are you into: walking , music, books? Joining a club is a great way to meet and connect with like-minded people. The local community centre might run different clubs, so check out if there’s something there that’s right for you. Another option is meet up where we advertise our groups . It brings together people who enjoy similar things or activities, whether that be spirituality, photography, there is something for everyone and its free to explore.
Exercise is great for keeping you less stressed and well, but it can also be a good way to meet new people? The good thing about sport is that it’s regular – so it might take a while but you can build up relationships over time and there’s not as much pressure. You could join an exercise class, take up a competitive sport or join your local gym.
Talking to people online is a great way to battle loneliness, as it allows you to stay in a comfortable, safe space and still make contact with the outside world. Joining forums with liked minded people can give you the opportunity to interact with people who share the same interests.
Walk A Dog
Dogs in can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and ease loneliness If you’re not ready for the responsibility of owning a pet, you could always get into pet minding or sigh up to borrow my dog . Ask your neighbours and friends they might have a dog you could take for a walk occasionally.
Take In A Lodger
If you live alone and can’t seem to beat that feeling of loneliness, you might want to consider getting a roommate. There are lots of sites including spareroom.co.uk
Become a Volunteer
When you’re feeling isolated, volunteering helps to get you out into the world, connects you with the community and, by keeping you busy, helps take your mind off your own problems. There are so many of charities in your local area that will be looking for volunteers.
Make New Friends
If you spend a great deal of time by yourself because you don’t have many friends, make some. The world of friends is yours for the taking at work, or the person you see in the queue at the coffee shop every morning, or the other people in your weekly yoga class. Put yourself out there and remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Like all things, changing your loneliness starts by admitting what you’re feeling. Ultimately different things make different people happy, so if you thoroughly enjoy spending time by yourself, that is alright however, remember that to beat any potential feelings of loneliness you may encounter, you can try some of our tips.
Don’t forget, lots of people have times where they feel a sense of loneliness, so you’ll never be alone in feeling lonely. Taking even just a few of the steps above can help reduce your isolation and should help you start to feel better.
Love Jo and Chloe xx