There are many causes of loneliness, and it can affect people of all ages. But there are ways you can overcome the feeling and help yourself feel more connected to others.
Accept your feelings
Loneliness is a natural feeling that occurs in everyone, at any age or stage of life. It’s important to acknowledge how you’re feeling so that you can take positive steps to deal with it. Accepting your feelings, however difficult they might be, is the first step to getting help and moving on from them.
Don’t isolate yourself.
When you are feeling lonely, it’s easy to want to stay home and avoid other people. However, this is the last thing that you should do. It’s much better to get out into groups of other people and socialize with them. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel once you’ve spoken with others for a bit.
Get involved in activities that interest you.
Joining clubs or groups where your interests are shared by others is a great way to make new friends that have something in common with you. Look online or in local newspapers for groups in your area who share your interests.
Reach out to others through social media and online forums who have similar interests as you do.
It can be helpful to speak with people online who have the same passions as you do when you are feeling lonely. This can provide companionship and help to fill the void of loneliness when there is no one else around who shares your same interests and hobbies.
Talk to family and friends.
Call them or write them a letter or email telling them how you feel. You might be surprised by their reaction! They may be feeling lonely too, but not talking about it because they think you don’t want to hear about it.