TIPS TO OVERCOME LONELINESS
Talk to people
A psychological study found that same-sex strangers felt increasing affinity towards each other, after each conversation they had. Don’t be hesitant to talk to people : if you’re genuinely interested or curious about others, they’re more likely to reciprocate those feelings.
Go to the restaurant
Offer yourself a three-course dinner at a restaurant : When you go on a date with yourself, you’re sure to go somewhere you actually like and you don’t have to wait around for others to decide.
Attend meetings, lectures
There are a lot of possibilities, so it’s impossible not to find something to your liking. You’ll meet new people and you may make new friends.
Watch a film
Watch a movie alone or call some friends to go with you—it doesn’t matter. What’s important is you immerse yourself in an interesting story that’ll erase your gloomy thoughts.
Focusing on the needs of others steers your mind away from sad thoughts. It’s impossible to feel lonely when you’re helping the less fortunate ( and this will also fill you with immense gratitude)
Adopt a pet
A furry cat or dog will cheer you up. The playfulness of pets ( even the trouble to train them) will make you forget about your troubles
Read a book
Not a book on how to stop feeling lonely because reading self-help when you’re feeling miserable will make just you feel worse. Read a good novel instead and lose yourself in a good story
Take a bath
Take a nice, long, and relaxing bubble bath so you can enjoy your alone time without drowning in self-pity. You can also take a glass of red, chocolates and magazines with you
Go out for a walk or for a quick run
Running is scientifically proven to make you happier, but even 30 minutes of walking can instantly lift your mood
Go to a coffee shop and start a conversation. Don’t worry if you’re bad at small talk, because chances are you won’t see that person again.
Put on your favourite songs
While listening to your favorite song, you can dance If you feel lonely because you’re actually alone, take this chance to do the things you can only do when we’re on your own,, like dancing naked or jumping on the bed. This may give you a good laugh.
Get a camera, then go out and start taking beautiful pictures of things around you. A sunset, a barking dog, or a laughing baby—filling your life with beautiful things can take your mind off of loneliness.
Look through old photos
Prepare some snacks or some tea and canapés and recall the good old days with a friend, or a relative. Remembering your moments caught on camera will fill you with nostalgic memories and drive away loneliness.
Go to the gym
Attend classes for any fun exercise The exact exercise doesn’t matter: what is important is to get yourself moving, while trying something new in the supportive environment of a group class.
Start a gratitude journal
Write down five things you are grateful for each night before you go to bed. When you don’t know what to be thankful for, just write what you feel.
Plan a holiday
Planning a great holiday vacation will beat loneliness. Looking up flights, hotels and so on will boost your spirits and steer your mind off your negative thoughts. You don’t really need to book a trip, sometimes the act of planning for one is enough.
Having nothing to do makes you bored, so keep yourself occupied! Try a new recipe, prepare a cake, finish a DIY project. Or make yourself a delicious meal, eaten by candle light.
Clean out your closet
And donate all the clothes you don’t feel happy and healthy in to charity.
Social media is helpful, but it could be negative depending on how you use it. If you keep scrolling on Facebook, whattsapp instead of talking to whoever’s with you, or taking a picture of everything you eat instead of just savoring it, then it’s time to experience the joy of missing out (JOMO – the opposite of FOMO, which is the fear of missing out. That way you can also enjoy alone time, without the need to be “in the know,” unplugging from emails, text, social networks, and events in an effort to embrace solitude and cultivate your relationship to your own self.
…. what else?