5 Steps to Dealing with Loneliness

Being lonely can be so much more than simply not having any friends. Even though friendship is vital to stave off loneliness, it isn’t always the cure when coping with loneliness.

 

5 Steps to Dealing with Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the most painful of human emotions, and one of the most common as well. It can be debilitating, strength-sapping, and crippling in its force and power. Unlike other emotions such as anger, despair, or frustration, it is difficult for a person who is experiencing this feeling to exhibit it to others – we know what an angry person looks and acts like, but what about the one who is lonely?

Dealing with Loneliness

Fortunately, even for the shy and socially anxious among us, it is possible to combat this very human but negative emotion, given a desire and a will to do so. Here are a few tips on how to deal with loneliness.

1. Spend time in a crowd

From time immemorial, those who suffer from loneliness and those who work with those sufferers have recommended a dose of humanity. It may seem counter intuitive, and we have many times heard about the phenomenon of being lonely in a crowd. But unless you are completely withdrawn and in need of a hotline, going to a crowded mall, a zoo, or any other place where people congregate can be extremely and quickly therapeutic. Watching, listening, strolling, connecting in this situation is a source of energy that heals. Humans have an aura about them that is amplified when they get together, and the person suffering from loneliness can use that energy to make himself or herself feel better.

2. Make and be a friend

There are people at work and in other situations that you might be in who could use a friend – but you have to be able to reach out to them. For the socially anxious person, this is not an easy task, but the payoff is enormous. If you are in an environment that allows it, a simple hello or an innocent question can be the launching pad that will take you from being strangers to being friends. The simple act of communicating with other people will raise your endorphin levels, making you feel more human and less isolated, and who knows – it could lead to a date.

 

 

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