Loneliness going around? And it’s having a pretty big impact. Maybe stress has created tension in your home, leaving you lonely and frustrated or maybe you haven’t seen your loved ones in a while.
Feelings of nostalgia for “before times” and a longing to return can add up to loneliness. You might miss the ability to simply sit in public, fleeting, or everyday social interactions, speaking to no one but still benefiting from the presence of others. Prolonged loneliness can drain you emotionally, making life seem pointless and bleak. It can also lead to sleep problems, aches and pains, and a weakened immune system.
Below are 5 strategies to help navigate them and keep them from wearing you down.
i) Fill your house with a good sound.
Sound helps occupy the vacuum in our environment and thoughts, making it less overwhelming.
When you feel the vast empty space of loneliness beginning to press in from all sides, the power of sound can help push it back.
• Music, podcasts and talk radio inform and entertain can boost your mood and motivate you. A favorite TV show or movie might provide distraction and a temporary escape.
• Audiobooks can break the silence in a comforting way, even if you don’t sit down and watch it all the way through.
• Noice from natural sources like opening a window to hear birds and passersby can help you feel more connected to the wider world.
ii) Stay connected.
No matter how much you miss family and friends and want to see them, It’s not always possible to spend time with them. You can still maintain your closeness even when they are far apart. Your interactions might look a little different, but connecting with them is all matters. Aim to connect with friends and love ones. If you previously spent Saturdays with your family, you might try catching up another day with a video chat instead.
Sometimes a quick text can seem like the easiest way to connect but don’t underestimate the power of hearing a loved one’s voice.
iii) Get outside.
A change in environment can help dull the ache of loneliness. Maybe you can’t work in your favorite cafe, enjoy dinner with friends, or join trivia night at your favorite bar just yet. But getting out of the house can put you in the path of others and remind you that you aren’t alone in the world. You can distract loneliness by taking a walk, visiting your favorite park, etc.
iii) Consider a pet.
This strategy might not work for everyone because not everyone has intimate care for animals. But if you ever taught of adding a pet to your life, here is another reason. Research conducted in 2018 has it that, people with pets have the ability to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. The presence of another living creature can give you comfort. Their antics will help lift your spirits and distract you from loneliness. A pet might not be able to talk, but their presence can provide you with adequate companionship to release stress.
iv) Talk about your feelings.
Expressing your feelings out loud can help diminish their strength of loneliness. Emotions tend to gather and intensify when they go pseudonymous. According to a study by Healthline, “Telling a loved one you feel lonely can make it easier to get the important emotional support that helps loosen the grip of loneliness. Talking about difficult emotions can also help empower your loved ones to share any feelings they’re struggling with, making it possible to explore coping strategies together.
Story by Osafo Daniel | @iamosafodaniel