Keys to Overcoming Loneliness
Have you ever felt lonely, even when surrounded by people, or just plain out of place? Everyone feels some degree of loneliness at some point in their lives. You are not alone in terms of loneliness, although different people experience loneliness at different levels of intensity. The five key steps listed below will hopefully help you come up with a strategy to empower yourself and overcome your feelings of loneliness.
1. Don’t Isolate Yourself
Don’t constantly subject yourself to a lonely environment. Even if you don’t feel like talking to anyone or being around other people, force yourself to get out of the house instead of locking yourself up indoors. Sometimes the simple act of being around people is enough to combat loneliness. If you are feeling depressed and lonely, going for a walk or a drink of coffee can be enough to alleviate your loneliness.
2. Take Care of Yourself.
Take yourself out on dates and enjoy the pleasure of your own company. Establish an exercise regimen to keep yourself fit and healthy. Being physically fit will help alleviate feelings of depression and taking part in organized sports or joining a health club are good channels for meeting new friends.
3. Spend Time With Someone You Know.
If it’s companionship that you crave, pick up the phone and call up a family member or a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while. Everyone assumes that everyone else is too busy to hang out with them. But sometimes simply asking is the easiest thing that you can do to make or recreate that human connection.
4. Join A Club
Joining a group with similar interests is probably the best way to meet like-minded individuals and overcome loneliness. Check out the local newspapers, community bulletin boards at the neighborhood grocery store, online forums etc. and find out what groups you can join depending on what you are interested in.
5. Take the Initiative
Challenge yourself to take the first step when meeting someone new. Building new relationships requires effort and courage, particularly when most people you meet already have their own lives and friends. Say hello, ask someone out for coffee, smile. You must show interest in other people first, before they will show interest in you.