Living with loneliness
As part of Loneliness Awareness week, we’ve been thinking about how closely tied loneliness is with mental health and how both can have an impact on one another. With that in mind, we've put together a few things to remember or try in order to address the loneliness you might have been feeling.
Work out why you’re feeling lonely
Being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. Most people who describe themselves as feeling lonely attribute it either to not seeing or speaking to anyone very often, or feeling isolated, misunderstood or disregarded by the people around them. Working out which is the case for you may help you find some way of improving how you feel.
Be honest and open
Do you have lots of people around you, but don’t feel close to them, or feel they don’t give you what you need in terms of care or attention? Try opening up to your family or friends. If that’s not an option, perhaps find new people you can connect with and try to be more honest and open with them from the start.
The simplest way to lessen those feelings of loneliness, can be to meet new, or a variety of different people. If you have hobbies, why not find classes or interest groups you could attend? Perhaps you could volunteer — offering your free time on behalf of a good cause can be a great way to meet people and improve your mental health.
Speak to a professional
If you live with depression, anxiety or some other mental health condition and you believe loneliness could be a part of the problem, speak to someone who’s qualified to help. Loneliness is a problem in its own right and if you’re able to speak to someone who can help, it can be addressed with an action plan.
What are your tips for battling loneliness? What one thing do you find works for you?
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