Feeling lonely? Here are 15 actions for you.
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023
Loneliness is a universal human experience that many young people around the world share. If you’re feeling lonely, know that you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll explore 15 actions you can take to overcome loneliness and improve your well-being. Remember, you have the power to make positive changes in your life, and we believe in you.
1. You Are Connected to the World
Loneliness may feel isolating, but it’s essential to remember that you are connected to others who are experiencing similar emotions. This shared human experience can provide solace and remind you that you’re not alone in your feelings.
2. You Are in Control
Take control of your life by taking positive actions to combat loneliness. Whether it’s exploring a new hobby, taking time for self-reflection, or simply relaxing, empower yourself to make the changes you desire. You have the strength within you to create a more fulfilling life.
3. Embrace Your Creativity
Expressing your experiences through art and creativity can be a powerful way to cope with loneliness. Create something that represents your emotions and share it with others. By owning your experience and sharing it with the world, you can diminish its power over you.
4. You Are Cared For
Remember that there are people who care about you, whether it’s the support services available or your friends and family. Reach out to them and let them in. Opening up and seeking support can make a significant difference in combating loneliness.
5. Prioritize Quality Relationships
Instead of focusing on the quantity of relationships, prioritize building genuine connections with others. Strong bonds with people can help combat loneliness. Take the time to nurture and strengthen your relationships. Remind yourself that you deserve meaningful connections.
6. Your Hobbies and Interests Matter
Engaging in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment is crucial when combating loneliness. Explore new TV shows, learn a new sport, or step outside your comfort zone. Remember that trying new things can lead to personal growth.
7. Express Your Emotions in a Healthy Way
Practice being present with your emotions and find healthy outlets to express them. Journaling, doodling, or even using voice memos can help you connect with your feelings and express yourself authentically.
8. Get Curious about Guilt and Shame
Engage in conversations with guilt and shame, and remind yourself that you’re not to blame for your feelings of loneliness. It’s essential to understand that these emotions are normal and not a reflection of your worth. Release any unnecessary guilt or shame you may carry.
9. Embrace Your Uniqueness
Being different from the crowd doesn’t mean you’re alone; it means you’re unique. Embrace your individuality and know that there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We appreciate and love you just the way you are.
10. Opening Up is Courageous
Sharing your feelings with someone you trust is an act of bravery, not weakness. Being honest and vulnerable can help create a deeper connection with others. Remember, you don’t have to face loneliness alone.
11. Create Space from Social Media
Take an active approach to using social media by being mindful of how it affects your emotions. Reflect on the feelings that arise and avoid making judgments about your own life or others’. Consider taking breaks from social media or curating your feed to include accounts that make you feel empowered.
12. Find Your Community
Joining a group based on a shared hobby, interest, religion, or spirituality can help you find your tribe. There are people out there who are waiting to connect with you, and they may be just as afraid to make the first move. Take that leap and find your community.
13. Find Peace in a Busy World
If you’re feeling disconnected from yourself, try immersing yourself in nature. Whether it’s appreciating a houseplant, visiting a local park, or exploring a forest, connecting with nature can help you find inner peace and harmony.
14. Treat Yourself with Kindness
Show yourself kindness by indulging in small acts of self-care. Whether it’s indulging in your favorite chocolate bar, setting aside time to play video games, or dancing to your favorite song, remember that you deserve to treat yourself. Be your own friend and be kind to yourself.
15. Practice Gratitude
Take a moment to appreciate the small wins in your life. Whether it’s getting out of bed, observing a bird flying across a roof, or discovering a great new show, focus on the positive aspects of your day. Cultivating a mindset of gratitude can shift your perspective and bring more fulfillment into your life.
By reading these tips, you’ve taken the first step in recognizing that you deserve support. Thank you for showing up for yourself today. Remember, we’re here for you, and you’re not alone on this journey.
All our care… the Mental Health Foundation Young Leaders