Loneliness can be a difficult experience, but it’s important to remember that this is a common struggle and that there are ways to combat it.
1. Reach out to family or friends
One step that can help combat loneliness is to reach out to those closest to us. While we might want to avoid company if we aren’t feeling good, spending time with family or friends can provide emotional support and help us to feel generally more connected to the people around us.
2. Join a social group or club
Joining a social group or club that interests you can be a great way to meet new people and to feel more connected to your community. There are many clubs and organisations open to people of all ages and interests.
Volunteering for a cause that you are passionate about can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It can also connect you to new people and help you meet like-minded individuals who share your interests and values.
4. Spend time with a pet
Pets can provide companionship and unconditional love. It is also scientifically proven that they help to reduce feelings of loneliness and depression. Looking after a pet requires commitment, but the rewards can be huge.
5. Seek professional help
It may be helpful for you to speak with a trained counsellor about how you are feeling. A mental health professional can provide guidance and support in developing coping strategies and improving overall emotional well-being.
You are not alone. Telling someone how you feel can really help.
Stop.Breathe.Think. is a UK-based charity organisation offering free mental health services to young people across the UK with 1-1 counselling sessions and support.
If you are feeling desperate or possibly at risk to yourself, here are some useful numbers:
- Samaritans 116 123
- SHOUT – text SHOUT to 85258 for a free 24/7 text support service