Dealing with loneliness- part 1

Loneliness is different from being alone. It’s a sense of being separated from the world, that makes you unhappy and can lead to the sufferer sinking in to depression.
It’s actually surprisingly easy to become lonely. All it takes is a change of location, family moving away, fall out with friends, in fact anything that takes away your social support and leaves you struggling to build a new one.
So how do you deal with loneliness?
1. Understand you have to reach out to find a solution. Other people are consumed by their own lives and may not even realise you are lonely.
2. Just because you aren’t physically seeing someone doesn’t mean you can’t be in touch. Give them a ring, text, email. U can even use services like Skype and what’s app for free if you have access to internet.
3. Social media is a great way to build up a new network of friends. Join some forums or groups that share your interests.
4. Make a point of smiling at people and saying hello when you’re out. Talk to your local shopkeeper. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel just taking the opportunity to say a few words to someone.
5. Join a club or take up a hobby.
It can feel very difficult to take that first step and make the first move but its worth it. Loneliness can only exist as long as you let it. So pin on that smile and speak to someone today.

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