Aristotle once said that humans are social animals. And by that he meant that humans are naturally drawn to the company of another. We find comfort in the company of others; after all, no man is an island.
In moments when you find yourself feeling lonely, here are some ways that can help you fight loneliness.
DON’T FIGHT IT
Acknowledging that you are feeling lonely is actually the first step in over coming it. Was it a bad day? Are you far away from your family and loved ones? Did you lose someone you love recently? Coming from a breakup? Acknowledging that emotion helps you become aware of why you are feeling lonesome.
MAKE THAT CONNECTION AND GET GOING!
When feeling lonely, our initial response is to withdraw from people. You want to be by yourself and left alone in your melancholic thoughts. Shutting people out will only make you feel more isolated and alone. Engage in worthwhile activities that will increase interaction with others! Join that group trip or volunteer for a worthy cause, attend that Sunday worship service. Not only do you get to meet new people, but you also get to soak up some positive vibes!
KEEP A JOURNAL
The best songs, poems, and stories were written in moments of solitude and loneliness. Writing not only helps you sort out your feelings, it also provides a good outlet to release your emotions and creative juices.
Still can’t get out of the loneliness vortex?
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
When loneliness has gone chronic, and feeling of sadness just won’t go away, it may be best to have your self checked by your MD or
We all have episodic moments of loneliness and melancholia, and it’s totally and completely fine. Remember, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.