Loneliness can take you to a dark place if you don’t learn to fight it. You don’t always need to depend on people to take the emptiness away. Sometimes, all it takes is just a little effort to turn things around. Here are 10 simple ways to overcome loneliness:
Say ‘yes’ to invitations
Lunch. Movies. Weddings. Baby showers. Say ‘yes’ to invitations even if you don’t feel like attending. Make the effort to get out more and you might end up enjoying yourself.
Spend time with your loved ones
Make plans with your family and friends and get in touch with them once in a while. Don’t wait for them to call or text you.
Join online communities
Find your tribe online. Whether travel, sports, or books, you can always find like-minded people who share your interest.
Sign up for activities and classes
Gym. Bootcamp. Salsa. Surfing. There are all sorts of activities you can join to meet people. Not only that, it could be fun too!
Love yourself more
No one is perfect, so stop focusing on your weaknesses. Accept your flaws. You can always work on the things you want to improve about yourself.
Enjoy your own company
Practice spending time by yourself. It will take a while, but eventually you will learn to enjoy your own company without having the need for a companion.
Learn a new skill
It’s not only beneficial, but you’ll get to meet others who are also interested in the same skill. From cooking to new languages and more, there’s always something new to learn!
Make yourself happy
Stop depending on others to make you happy and start making yourself happy. It’s really not as difficult as it sounds. Just do what you love and you’ll see the difference.
Keep yourself busy
Making sure you always have something to do can help keep your mind off loneliness. Clean your room. Go for a jog. Head to your nearest mall. Avoid staying cooped up at home at all costs.
Get to know yourself better
Instead of trying to please people or going along with everything, take some time to find out who you are. What are your likes and dislikes? What do you want in life?
“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” – Robert Tew
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.