Feeling lonely is more common than most people would wish to admit. I believe loneliness can be incredibly damaging if it’s left unattended. Cases of loneliness increased particularly around the time of the Covid pandemic in 2020; with more and more people feeling isolated.
The more people feel lonely, the more they don’t notice the beauty in life, they become more withdrawn and sometimes they begin having cases of insomnia.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling lonely, we all experience it from time to time and it doesn’t make you and me weak. It makes us human. Luckily enough, there are a few tips that can help us when we begin to feel lonely; tips that should help decrease the risk of feeling lonely during tough times.
Spend Some Time With Animals
What makes animals amazing is how they offer companionship. Animals can offer comfort and their presence can help lift your spirits on tough days.
Having a dog is also one of the best ways you’re encouraged to go outside.
Something to consider. After all, animals can be very affectionate (dogs in particular) and that may be all anyone needs to feel better.
Try To Keep Sound In The House
Having some music in the house can help reduce loneliness. Music boosts mood and it helps provide a distraction in situations where we might be caught overthinking things. Having music or a TV show running in the background as we exercise or do other things is a good way to break the silence and not make it feel like you’re completely alone.
Sometimes when we’re so caught up in our own world we don’t take the time to stop and look all around us; to notice the little details. Taking a few minutes out of your day to practice gratitude can help you feel better.
When you get a moment, pause, and think about something you may have enjoyed recently. It may be a delicious meal, a conversation with a friend or even a good movie.
Other ways to practice gratitude include:
- Writing down everything you’re thankful for.
- Being grateful for the people you appreciate around you and letting them know.
- Meditating over the good moments in your day.
Go On Call With A Friend (Someone You Trust)
The value of technology here cannot be understated. You can maintain closeness to loved ones by reaching out to them for a 10-minute phone call or text conversation. The key here is to contact someone you trust.
Because when we’re in a dark place and feeling lonely, the last thing we need is someone putting more fuel into the fire.
Believe it or not, there are people like this.
It Won’t Last Forever
It can be hard when you’re in the moment to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But no matter how hard it may be, try to remember that this feeling won’t last forever. We all have moments when things feel off and we feel like no one understands us, it’s normal. The important thing is to acknowledge these feelings and not run away from them. The sooner we accept what we’re feeling, the sooner we process it and work our way to feeling better.
Don’t give up.
Talk To A Professional
Despite everything I’ve mentioned, the best way to deal with severe cases of loneliness is to talk to a professional therapist.
I know it can be a little uncomfortable to admit to ourselves that we need help. But this is the best option in cases where you don’t see any improvement. They are professionals, they are trained to help and they are very good at it.
Loneliness can be painful, but if we put in the work, we can work through it.
Stay safe out there.