Tips to end loneliness
Loneliness is a worldwide problem and it is therefore not just old people who suffers from it. It is not the same as being alone. You can be alone and not being lonely and you can likewise be lonely and not being alone. So let’s end loneliness.
There are people who are married and also suffers from loneliness and so you can be lonely in a room full of people.
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou
The thought of being lonely can be a source of anxiety but there is hope. You can end loneliness.
MY TIPS FOR BEATING LONELINESS:
- Acknowledge your feelings of loneliness
- Investigate what the origin of your loneliness is
- Make a list of the things you enjoy doing and choose one to start with
- Make a list of the things you would like to do or see and start doing it
- Join a walking group or take long walks with your dog
- Spend at least 20 minutes a day outside.
- Meditate for 10 minutes every day
- If you enjoy taking photo’s, join a photography group
- Reach out and do something for someone
- Take up writing therapy where you write your feelings down daily
- Take time for yourself – a little bit of me-time
- Cry if you need and want to
- Don’t get into one night stands or any risky behavior – it will only make your loneliness worse
- Cook or buy something and invite someone over e.g. the old couple on your street
“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love