Presented by BetterHelp.
Loneliness is tough. In the age of social media, where we’re more “connected” than ever, more people than ever are still facing loneliness.
Loneliness can be so intense that it can cause or greatly exacerbate mental health issues such as depression.
So, it’s essential that we work on overcoming loneliness.
This article will help you do so by providing you with three helpful tips so you can leave your loneliness behind.
3 Tips for Overcoming Loneliness
Loneliness can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Fortunately, there’s more helpful guidance than ever at our fingertips thanks to the internet.
So, you may want to consider the resources on loneliness offered by BetterHelp: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/loneliness/
Now, here are three handy tips for combatting the loneliness that you may be experiencing.
Work on Your Existing Relationships
No matter how lonely you are, chances are that you have at least one or two existing relationships.
Whether that’s family, a friend, coworkers, your mailman, etc., it doesn’t really matter.
Try reaching out to say “hey” to people who you haven’t talked with in a while.
If they’re up for it, you can go out for a coffee or a drink. This is a simple and easy way to start feeling less lonely and you don’t have to worry about making new contacts.
Find a Group or Club to Join
Think about your hobbies and your interests for a moment. You must have some!
Whether you’re into cats, Star Wars, fashion, cooking, or the latest boy band, there are definitely communities out there that you can join to share your passion.
Finding a group that shares your interests will help you connect more easily with people than if they were completely random strangers.
Escape Your Comfort Zone
Most people get to a certain age and then never—or almost never—leave their comfort zone again.
This is one of the easiest ways to limit yourself, however, as staying “comfortable” often comes at a price.
For example, let’s say you’re an introvert. If you never leave your own home, however, it’s going to be very hard for you to overcome your loneliness.
Yes, it may be difficult to get out of your comfort zone, but most things that are difficult are rewarding.
Your reward for leaving the house, for example, may be meeting someone who becomes a good friend.
Progress in almost all aspects of life depends on leaving your comfort zone. Take your time if you need to, but never leaving it is a good way to stay stuck with your loneliness.
No matter how alone you may feel right now, you are not alone in feeling lonely.
Millions of people all around the world struggle with loneliness. So, if you are among them, it’s okay!
The main thing is that you do your very best to overcome your loneliness day by day.
This may mean getting out of your comfort zone, seeking out a group that shares your interests, or working on nourishing and rekindling your existing relationships.
And if you still need help, don’t hesitate to seek out help.
A licensed counselor or therapist is trained to help you overcome any issues you may be having, whether it’s related to loneliness or something else.
In any case, take solace in knowing that your loneliness can be overcome. Try the tips above for a few weeks and you’ll be well on your way to beating it.