No doubt we’ve all felt lonely from time to time. It’s natural to feel lonely at different points in our lives. Human beings are social creatures and thrive on meaningful connection.
Loneliness is common, affecting around 1 in 3 adults and with increasing physical isolation brought on due to the pandemic, loneliness is a state that many of us might be going through right now.
Below are three practical ways to start tackling those feelings of loneliness.
1. Make contact with others 📞 💬
When you’re feeling lonely, you can doubt yourself, feel anxious socially, or are just unmotivated and want to be on your own. It’s almost counterintuitive to interact with others, but that’s exactly what you need to do. Call an old friend or set up a video call with some family. Getting weekly catch-ups in the diary is a great way to connect, especially in periods of lockdown. Technology really does enable us to make contact with others, but don't count on social media to be your only contact point with others. Make your contact one-to-one and personal, it'll mean so much more to both of you.
2. Get active 🚶🏊♀️🚴♀️
Exercise is recognised as an evidence-based treatment for improving mood and reducing mental health symptoms including loneliness. Exercise induces the "feel good' hormones called endorphins and helps to reduce the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the body, both of these chemicals in high doses can cause stress.
If the thought of exercise is daunting, don't despair. Even just a few minutes of physical activity are better than none at all. Start with 5 or 10 minute sessions and slowly increase over time. Ideally, exercise outside - a good walk around your neighbourhood on a sunny day is a great mood booster and you might even get a few hello's from fellow walkers.
3. Get creative 🎭 🎨 🧶 ✂️
Being creative is quite useful for our mental and physical well-being. It could be drawing, painting, writing, dancing or making music. Many studies suggest that creativity helps manage negative emotions such as loneliness.
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