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How to Deal with Loneliness

Published 03/09/2022 by Joanne Jones

How to Deal with Loneliness

Who Does Loneliness Affect?

Loneliness can affect anyone or any age but is especially common among the older population. It is estimated that more than one-third of people over the age of 65 experience loneliness on a regular basis. Loneliness is also experienced by people who are not physically alone but feel emotionally isolated. This can happen when people do not have anyone to confide in or share their thoughts and feelings with.

Loneliness can lead to depression and anxiety if it is not dealt with—it can significantly impact a person's mental and physical health. There are many reasons why someone might feel lonely. Some common causes include:

  • Not having close friends or family members to confide in
  • Moving to a new area or starting a new job
  • Retirement
  • The passing of a loved one
  • Divorce/breakup

One of the most common misconceptions about loneliness is that people think it only affects people who live alone. It is easy to assume that people who are always surrounded by others are happy—you may even think there is no way such a person could ever be lonely. Loneliness is not determined by who is in your life, it is about your connection with yourself. The feeling of being disconnected/isolated is what brings about the feeling of loneliness.

Loneliness can be painful, and it is something many people experience at some point. It can make you feel like you are not good enough or do not belong. These feelings can be overwhelming and lead to a spiral of negative thoughts.

5 Ways to Deal With Loneliness

Prolonged feelings of loneliness will put obstacles on your life path. Loneliness can weigh you down and prevent you from achieving your full potential. If you feel lonely, connecting with others and finding people you are comfortable opening up to is important. It is also important to nurture the relationships you already have, so spend quality time with your family/friends, they are likely to be more understanding than you think.

1. Get Active

Getting out into the world is a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends. If you feel lonely, join a local club or take up a new hobby. Staying active/exercising allows you to get out of your head so your emotions do not overwhelm you.

2. Spend Time With Loved Ones

Spending time with your family and close friends is a great way to combat loneliness. Your loved ones know you better than anyone else, so they can provide the support and companionship you need when you feel down.

3. Volunteer for a Local Charity

Giving back to your community is a great way to feel connected to something larger than yourself. Working with the people in your local area is a great way to meet new people/make new friends. Volunteering is a win-win situation, you get to help others while helping yourself.

4. Get a Pet

Pets are amazing companions and can help reduce feelings of loneliness. If you are not ready for a pet, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. Walking dogs is a great way to exercise and get out of your head for a while.

5. Connect With Others Online or In Person

If you feel lonely, there is no need to suffer in silence. There are many ways to connect with others online or in person. Connecting with others who understand you will help you find the support/companionship you need. Loneliness is a complex emotion to deal with, so do not ever feel like you have to fight through it alone.

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We all deal with situations that shape us into who we are. Sometimes, the problems we face are easy to overcome, however, there are some hardships we cannot push through alone. During these difficult times, you might feel like giving up, but remember, you have the strength to overcome any obstacle.

When you begin the process of healing, be open and honest—the more honest you are, the quicker/easier it will be for you to recover. Our trusted psychics online will show you empathy as they reveal how your emotions are impacting your life. By the end of your cheap psychic reading, you will be able to walk forward with your shoulders back, and head held high. Remember, no matter how dark and stormy the night gets, there will be a sunrise to signal a new day. Things will get better, and you will get through this—just hold on a little longer.

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