Feel Less Lonely

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Your mental health is just as important as your physical health but so many times,we find it hard to reach out for help. You are not alone. Loneliness affects people from all different walks of life.

If you are feeling lonely lately look after yourself with these tips.

1 Reach out to community

Obviously,this is difficult if you struggle to get along with people in your town, work,school or family but a huge reason for loneliness can be a lack of community. Maybe you can try joining a sports club or learning a new language in a class? Humans crave belonging to a tribe or cause.

If you don’t try,you’ll never know.

2 Small, everyday interactions

It can be hard if you’re shy but just like our body, our mind is a muscle. In order to become more social and feel less alone, it’s good to interact with people you don’t usually interact with.

Next time you’re at the bus stop, say ‘Hi!’ to the old lady who always waits there.

Why not ask the shopkeeper what their name is if you see them everyday?

Focus on small connections to connect with the world.

3 DMC with an old friend

Loneliness isn’t really a lack of friends. Loneliness can be felt at a party with hundreds of people or when you wind down before sleeping. If you have a friend that you feel lonely when you’re with them, you could try to get to know them on a deeper level.

Connecting with people is what makes us human. These connections harvest and grow within us, and may help you feel less alone. Discussing your loneliness may benefit your friendship and unite yourselves closer. Talking is a good healer.

4 Exercise

For some it’s a chore,and some it’s pleasure. Exercising regularly has been proven by experts to really improve your mood. You may be doubtful, and when you feel low exercising is the LAST thing you want to BUT just try it. You might see the difference after a dance marathon or jog.

If you are suffering from a mental health issue or experiencing chronic loneliness, please contact one of the following organisations or your local doctor.

Ireland: https://ie.reachout.com/getting-help-2/minding-your-mental-health/loneliness-and-isolation/

U.K: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/support-us/

U.S.A: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/loneliness/#.XBLm-Vz7TIU

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