With all the talk of love and relationships this time of year, it’s easy to feel lonely if you’re single. If loneliness is your most faithful companion so far this winter, here are a few suggestions to help you cope:
- Don’t hide from the feeling: Yes, loneliness is uncomfortable, but it’s not fatal. Admit what you’re feeling so you can identify the causes and the physical manifestations of feeling lonely.
- Avoid negative self talk: Being lonely does not mean you’re alone. It doesn’t make you a loser. Everyone experiences loneliness from time to time. Having an emotion doesn’t make you damaged or bad.
- Take up a hobby: Maybe you’ve been telling yourself for years that you wanted to take up running or yoga. You love to read but don’t belong to a book club. Perhaps you want to get more active politically, want to spend more time outdoors, or want to volunteer for a non-profit. Getting involved with things you love, like joining a running club or a yoga class, looking up book clubs at your local library, joining adventure clubs, and volunteering are all great ways to make friends and combat loneliness. Pick your passion and move forward. Being in proximity with people who share similar interests will inevitably lead to new social connections.
- Keep a journal: Journaling can help you pinpoint why you’re feeling lonely and how to work through it.
- Express gratitude: Think about the ways you’re not alone and express thanks.
- Become your own best friend: You are a great person, and spending time with yourself should be rewarding!
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Loneliness is not a permanent state of being or a commentary on your worth as a person. Being lonely does not mean you’re alone, and it can be a gift that propels you to pursuing a fuller life.
If you feel like you need some extra help to deal with loneliness, please call us at 843-501-1099. We have several counselors trained in therapy techniques to manage detrimental emotions, and we are here to help.