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Loneliness

Loneliness has been said to be the feeling we get when our need for meaningful and rewarding social contact and relationships isn’t being met. Feeling lonely is a normal reaction – particularly after the last couple of years. We can all feel lonely at times (even if we are around people every day).

There are, however, some things that you can do that may help.

Connect with yourself

Firstly, when we feel lonely this can often be just as much about how we feel about ourselves as we do about our connections with other people. If you can’t connect with yourself, it will be hard to connect with the people in your life in a meaningful way. Take some time just now to pause and think about the things that are important to you and make sure that you keep some time aside to do them over the coming weeks.

Stay in contact

Human connection is important for our general sense of wellbeing.

Some ways to connect with others could be going for a nice long walk, hosting a picnic, or a BBQ with friends and families. Thanks to technology there are also now more ways than ever to stay connected, whether that is through text, social media, or video call.

When it comes to connecting with others, remember that quality is more important than quantity. Rather than interacting with people in your lives in small doses, why not look at spending your time deepening your relationships with the people who really matter to you. Make it a priority to schedule in regular catch ups with them to maintain a feeling of closeness.

Plan some fun activities

Planning and doing fun activities can really boost our mental wellbeing, so why not reach out to a friend or a loved one and find a new, fun activity?

You could look to bake something you’ve never tried before, and even have a baking party, either in person or over video with some friends while you do it. 

Add some background noise

If you live alone or find yourself isolated a lot, things may feel a little quieter than usual. Why not have the radio on as some background noise while you’re working or going about your day? You could also play some of your favourite songs that you can dance along to in the kitchen.

Create something

Learning a new skill has been shown to improve our sense of wellbeing and is a great way of keeping yourself occupied.

You could start an art project like knitting, origami, or painting. If you don’t have some of those things to hand, there are also lots of things you can do with just a notebook, paper and some pens. You could try immersing yourself in a writing project like journaling or calligraphy, for example.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to create something amazing or to always be productive. It's important to look after yourself and it's fine if you don't find a new hobby or get through your 'to-do' list during this time.

Also remember that each day is different, and you will find some days harder than others - your needs will change and 'doing your best' will look different on different days.

Reach out for support

Finally, don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you need it or want it. There are lots of organisations who are here to listen to you, including:

Samaritans National Line (24/7) - Call: 116 123

Breathing Space Helpline (6pm to 2am) – Call: 0800 83 85 87

CALM (5pm to Midnight) – Call: 0800 58 58 58

We've also have a range of services available. You can find out more on our services section

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