How to cope with loneliness

  1. Try to do some enjoyable things that will keep you busy. Small activities can give you energy and positive feelings. It’s important these things are fun or fulfilling.
  2. Try to do things that stimulate your mind. Activities that occupy your mind can help with loneliness.
  3. Think about doing a physical activity. Physical exercise can help with loneliness.
  4. Try to engage with the people you meet in your daily life. Trying to connect with the people you meet as you go about your day can be helpful.
  5. Find people that ‘get you’. Interacting with others that ‘get’ you can give you a sense of belonging that may be missing.
  6. Spend time with pets. If you are lucky enough to have a pet, it can be a great way of managing loneliness.
  7. Try to use social media in a positive way. The key is to use it in a positive way. Finding digital communities, you share interests and passions with can help.
  8. Talking therapies can help. Talking through your feelings with a counsellor or therapist can help you cope with your feelings of loneliness.

How to support other people who are feeling lonely:

  • Don’t judge or stigmatize. It’s important not to judge or stigmatize people who feel lonely.
  • Try to make groups welcoming to other people. It can be difficult for people who are feeling lonely to join a group like a club.
  • Try to listen and show understanding. A great way to help a friend or family member is simply to listen.

Tips on how to reduce loneliness in later life:

  1. Find a green/blue space
  2. Connect online
  3. Exercise
  4. Social groups
  5. Take up a hobby
  6. Start or keep learning
  7. Volunteer
  8. Pet companionship
  9. Find a routine
  10. It’s good to talk

Source: Mental Health Foundation

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  1. Marco

    Well done and inspiring! Let’s also not forget though what Blaise Pascal wrote in 1654: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone”. Don’t seek for loneliness, but if you find it temporarily, live it through, will teach you a lot!

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