The article is developed in partnership with BetterHelp.
It might be obvious, but loneliness can profoundly affect your mental health.
There are many reasons you might be lonely—because of social anxiety, for example—but no matter the reason, it doesn’t make being lonely any better.
Even though we are so digitally connected nowadays, our lack of in-person connections is driving up the rate of loneliness among people of all age groups. This was especially true recently with the Covid-19 pandemic.
To help you leave loneliness behind, this article will first explore How Loneliness Can Affect Mental Health and then provide you with a few tips on how you can become less lonely.
Loneliness and Mental Health
Loneliness can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Fortunately, there’s more guidance than ever at our fingertips thanks to the internet. So, you may want to consider a helpful online resource such as BetterHelp.
Now, let’s consider a few tips for combatting loneliness.
Work On Your Existing Relationships
Even if you feel like the loneliest person in the world, it’s probably likely that you have at least a few existing relationships. Even if they’re your family, coworkers, a mailman—it doesn’t really matter.
Try reaching out sometime to start a conversation with the people already in your life. You can get a drink or just a coffee. This can lead to improved relationships, and you will also naturally start feeling less lonely.
Find an Organization to Join
Consider your favorite things for a moment. What are you truly passionate about?
Whether that’s Liverpool FC, cricket, Star Wars, fashion, cooking, etc., there are many online and in-person communities that you can join.
Meeting people and talking with them about things you are passionate about will help you beat your loneliness and also have some fun while you’re at it. That’s a win-win!
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Leave Your Comfort Zone
Many people in life never leave their comfort zone if they don’t have to. That is a huge mistake, however.
You see, we don’t grow in life unless we escape our comfort zone. And it can be very hard to meet new people if you never go outside or make an attempt to make new friends.
So, it’s well worth it to get out of your comfort zone from time to time if you truly want to overcome your loneliness. Yes, it may be hard, but most things in life that are difficult have some kind of reward.
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You are not alone! You may be lonely, but there are people out there who would be happy to talk to you and spend time with you. It’s just a question of finding them.
So, get out of your comfort zone and do your best to go meet people, even if it’s just online at first! As long as you are having more interactions, you will feel less lonely.
And if you are still struggling with loneliness, don’t be afraid to get help. A licensed counselor will be able to help guide you through your journey with loneliness and help provide you with concrete strategies for overcoming it.
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Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with MyTherapist.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.