image

Loneliness Awareness Week: 5 simple tips for when you feel alone

There are many ways to feel connected to others

Loneliness Awareness Week, which runs from June 14-18, aims to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of loneliness – especially as it has been found to have a significant impact on our physical health.

Whether you live by yourself or simply feel disconnected from your loved ones, there are things you can do to feel better. Here are some tips and ideas to help you feel connected.

Acknowledge your feelings

It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes, but there’s a major stigma around admitting it.

Talking about your feelings can feel shameful and daunting at first, but it can often be a big relief to have friends and family understand that you need some extra support. Remember: it doesn’t help to suppress your feelings or isolate yourself further by hiding the fact you’re struggling.

Plan some activities in your diary

One of the most effective ways to kill loneliness is to develop a plan of action. If you usually rely on other people to suggest meeting up, be the person in your friendship group that takes the initiative to look around for local events and exhibitions that you can all enjoy together.

Just knowing that you have the power to change things in the future can help to ease the feelings of helplessness that often comes with loneliness.

March By GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

 

Join a local group

If your friends and family aren’t living close by, there’s no reason why you can’t find a new support network.

It’s easy to connect with people when you have a shared hobby or interest, so find community activities that you’ll enjoy attending. It could be anything, from a gardening club to a local fitness studio.

Connect with people from your past

That said, it can be easier to reconnect with old friends, rather than finding new ones.

Whether it’s your long-lost school pal or a colleague from an old job, chances are, there’ll be someone you can get in touch with to suggest meeting for a coffee and reminiscing about old times.

Take care of someone else

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and feel like part of a team. Whatever your skills and abilities, or however much time you can spare, you’ll usually be able to find something locally that can fill your downtime.

If you don’t fancy making a regular commitment to volunteer with a charity or community group though, there are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others – from having a cup of tea with a neighbour to holding a charity sale.

Not only will you feel that you’re doing good for others and the community, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of keeping your loneliness at bay.

The following two tabs change content below.

The Press Association

News from the Press Association - the national news agency for the UK and Ireland

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!