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Feeling lonely - Tips



Tips for coping with feeling lonely

Would you like some tips and advice how to deal with feeling lonely?

This forum is a great place to:

 

  • explore several tips.
  • respond to tips / share your experience.
  • share the tips that work for you.

 

What's your tip how to deal with feeling lonely?


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Tip 1 - Find a hobby/sport

Loneliness - what can you do about it?
Practical tip, look for a hobby/sport/passion and start doing it to come into contact with new people...


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Tip 2 - Develop courage to learn what is difficult for you

Sometimes loneliness is the result of avoiding difficult situations. Out of fear to experience something unpleasant, we avoid difficult situations.

The first step out of loneliness could be to develop courage to learn to do what is difficult for you. You don't manage alone? Ask for guidance!


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Tip 3 - Stop looking at Facebook

Stop looking at Facebook in lonely moments.

It's all very easy to connect on Facebook. Friends and acquaintances share photo's of parties, holidays, nice days out. All the nice aspects of their lives are shared.

The difficult parts are there, but you don't get to see them. This way you get a distorted image of the truth.

And when you don't feel well, that nice image of others doesn't help you. It can create jealousy or make you feel even more lonely. So: don't look at Facebook when you feel lonely!


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Tip 4 - Examine your loneliness

Realize the difference between "being lonely" (no family, friends, acquaintances) and "feeling lonely".

> What is the difference?
> Examine the feeling, did you feel like that before?
> Examine the source from which it came.
> What could make you feel less lonely?


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Tip 5 - Comfort yourself

When you feel lonely, try out to comfort yourself. Be loving to yourself, for example by treating yourself with a good book, a warm bath, or listening to beautiful music.

Otherwise it helps to write down your lonely feelings or call a friend to share about it how you feel.


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Tip 6 - Engage in social activities

Engage in social activities.

Look on the internet for possibilities. There are a lot of activities and things to do.

But you can also check out voluntary work or find a nice hobby, club or society where you can spend time with other people.


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Tip 7 - Do not escape to alcohol or drugs

Do not escape your loneliness by using alcohol or drugs. It may seem like a way out and it might seem to make you more relaxed, but it's not.

Moreover, you might create an extra (addiction) problem by using alcohol and/or drugs.

Also emotional eating is not a solution.


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Tip 8 - Keep a gratefulness diary

Keep a gratefulness diary.

Gratefulness is like a medicine for body and spirit. Research shows that people that are grateful, are happier in life, more successful, more forgiving and have more energy.

Grateful people are less likely to get a burn-out, depression or fears. Gratefulness is not a quality you are born with, it is something you can develop! You can start even today with a gratefulness diary and you will be surprised by the effect.

Write down every day 5 things you feel grateful for.


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Tip 9 - Share your story

For many people it helps to write down and share their story with others. You can share your story on the feeling-lonely-peer-support-forum on this website.


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Tip 10 - Find a counsellor

Are your feeling lonely and could you use some support?
therapist or counsellor can help you.


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