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If it can have such detrimental effects, then it is important to overcome it. How do you address loneliness? Here are 5 healthy steps you can take.
Acknowledge Your FeelingsThe first step to progress is accepting the feelings and emotions that come with loneliness. Trying to fight or suppress these feelings will only lead to more mental stress. Studies show that accepting your feelings and labelling them can reduce their intensity. So, start identifying your lonely feelings for what they are and you might instantly feel less lonely.
Prepare To Take ActionSometimes it is the feelings about a problem that holds us back and not the problem itself. You need to determine whether it is better to address the problem or your feelings about the problem. If you’re feeling lonely and you have family or friends to reach out to, you might find that inviting them over or speaking to them on the phone may make you feel better. However, if you reach out to them and they don’t respond, you might find that the solution may be to address your feelings of loneliness rather than trying to connect with people.
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Create A Schedule For Yourself And Stick To ItHaving a schedule and creating a plan for accomplishing your goals helps you feel more in control of your life. This is the right attitude for warding off loneliness and depression. At first, it may be hard to stick to a schedule but it will feel more natural the more you follow it.
Reach Out To Old FriendsSometimes, it is easier to catch up with old friends than it is to make new ones. When you contact old friends, you can reminisce about old times and share ideas for the future. It’s also easier to keep in touch because you already have a lot in common. Don’t hold back from contacting an old friend. You really have nothing to lose.
Push Past Your Comfort ZoneIf your loneliness stems from dissatisfaction with the kinds of friends you keep or not having any friends at all, then here’s your chance to make new ones. You can start small by taking up a hobby or joining a club that allows you to meet new people. Strike up conversations with people that are friendly to you and plan a hangout with them. You may get rejected but you will eventually find people that have a lot in common with you. Featured Image Source: Pinterest
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