5 Ways to Overcome Loneliness

BY TIMEJuly 19, 2022 PRINT

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” ~ Mother Teresa

Loneliness can strike us anytime. And it can leave us feeling emotionally and physically distanced from the rest of the world. While it differs from person to person, it affects us all at some stage of life.

Loneliness is often associated with a lack of companionship or a narrow social network, but it’s much more. It is a complex emotional and mental phenomenon that can end up in a feeling of abandonment. Remember, loneliness is a feeling that is triggered by a memory of pain or danger and includes painful and sometimes even scary thoughts.

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These theories of loneliness can have different meanings, but it can be difficult to deal with it if it is not properly recognized. It is important to realize when you are suffering from it and accept it without overreacting.

1. Create Genuine Human Connections

Making time for relationships is essential. There may be work, studies, and other important priorities, but if you don’t spend time with the people that matter, you will slowly end up alone. Everyone may be busy, but people won’t wait for you until your other priorities are set right.

When you feel lonely, the best way to feel better is by talking to someone and spending time with them. There will always be time for other things. When you surround yourself with people you love, you will never feel alone again.

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2. Indulge In Activities That Make You Happy

We all have little things that make us happy. When you feel down and depressed, engaging in healthy activities that rejuvenate your body and mind. You can fight depression by immersing yourself in some joyous hobbies, especially when you have some good company. When your mind is busy, it has no time to feel alone. Even meditating can help relax and soothe the mind.

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3. Stop Making False Assumptions

Our mind can sometimes deviate to think negative thoughts. We start creating self-centered stories and assume everything is wrong around us. It becomes an emotional habit and can lead to depression.

Don’t take rejection personally or assume that the other person has some ulterior motive. Everything is not about you! Trying to understand how others feel can help avoid misunderstandings.

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4. Explore And Learn New Things

If you feel alone at times, try to spend your time learning something new. The world is full of mysteries, and there is always something new to learn.

Go and find something to explore or head on an adventure full of exciting things to learn about. That way, you will be able to overcome loneliness easily. You can also volunteer or explore a new hobby to drive away any negativity.

5. Don’t Let Failure Bring You Down

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Sometimes, we tend to set unrealistic standards and goals, which may be difficult to achieve in the short run. Everyone faces a low point in his/her life, but don’t let that bring you down. Try again and try harder, but if you give up and distance yourself, it can lead to depression.

When we feel rejected or experience failure, we often feel lonely and isolate ourselves because we assume we aren’t good enough. Fighting that feeling and trying again can lift your spirits.

Depression and loneliness can make us very self-focused, and it isolates us even more. The main thing to remember is not to give up. Just do things you love, keep yourself busy, and indulge in activities that make you happy. Or even better, talk to people because someone else might just be going through the same.

By making new friendships or learning something new and exciting, you can give yourself an emotional boost. Don’t get comfortable in loneliness because it can take away your happiness. The only way to overcome loneliness is by facing it and doing things that can help you get out of it.

By Nisha Baghadia

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Luminita Saviuc is an author, spiritual teacher and the founder of Read Luminita’s most viral post turned into book : 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy.
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