Loneliness is a very specific experience that we probably have all faced at some point. Whether temporary or longer than we’d like to admit, loneliness can be overwhelming sometimes.
Loneliness can come from so many circumstances. Here are just a few examples:
- A breakup
- A move
- Changing jobs/school
- Experiencing a bereavement
- Quarantine restrictions
- Feeling or being excluded
Loneliness can result in depression symptoms, anxiety, self-esteem issues, insecurities, and feelings of self-worth. Research shows that we are meant for connection with others. Loneliness can take us away from a sense of belonging. Here are a few things you can do to minimize how loneliness shows up in your life and break the limits that loneliness brings with it:
- Start slow- Make connection with established relationships. This may be saying good morning to a friendly co-worker, waving at a neighbor, or texting a friend. Making small but intentional connections may help lessen the disconnect loneliness can create.
- Take small risks- This does not have to be as scary as it sounds! Perhaps just eye contact and a quick hello to the store clerk, asking the mailman how his day has been, or discussing the weather with a customer waiting for their car to be serviced. Small risks can bring big results. What are ways you can take small risks for genuine connection?
- Get outdoors- There is something about being surrounded with nature to help you know and feel that you are part of a greater whole. This could be a simple walk, a small hike, or a quick camping getaway for the weekend.
- Talk about it- If you make small steps, and yet still find yourself in loneliness, perhaps therapy can help you explore barriers to living your best version and connecting in genuine and authentic ways.
Reach out today if you would like to discover more about how you can create meaningful connection in your life!