While the term “loneliness” describes a state of being alone or in solitude, loneliness can also be a state of mind. For instance, people who feel empty, alone, and unwanted can become depressed and have difficulty forming relationships with others as a result. Loneliness is, in fact, the perception that you are alone, which may not necessarily be true, but it sure feels true in the moment.
While I was going through tough seasons in my life, many times I felt alone. Listed below are 10 Tools to Combat Loneliness.
- Call a friend and share your feelings. Getting your feelings out often provides immediate relief and gives someone else the opportunity to be helpful.
- Take a walk or do some sort of physical exercise. Not only does physical exercise relieve stress on the body, but it also promotes clarity of the mind and affects the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain.
- Do some writing; journaling can be a cathartic tool, and there is something that happens between the heart and the pen that does not always happen between the mind and the mouth.
- Listen to uplifting music.
- Find a hobby or a craft that brings you joy.
- Seek support via a community or church group.
- When all else fails, help someone else. Helping others gets you out of yourself and you may even forget you were lonely in the first place.
- Get plugged in and connected to God in the way that works best for you.
- Spend time in nature. Go to a park, on a hike, anywhere you can see, feel, and experience nature.
- Practice good self-care. Eat healthy, get enough rest, and make sure you are doing what you need to be good to yourself.
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