You’ll Never Stop Feeling Lonely Unless You Do These 15 Things

You’ll Never Stop Feeling Lonely Unless You Do These 15 Things

Feeling a bit lonely? It’s a common experience, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent one. There are many things you can do to combat that feeling of isolation and create meaningful connections in your life. It might take some effort, but the rewards are well worth it. Here are some practical steps to help you feel less lonely and more connected to the world around you.

1. Acknowledge your feelings.

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Don’t brush off those feelings of loneliness. They’re valid, and acknowledging them is the first step towards feeling better. Accepting how you feel allows you to start exploring why you might be feeling lonely and what you can do about it.

2. Reach out to someone you trust.

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Talking about how you feel can be incredibly helpful, The New York Times notes. Reach out to a friend, family member, therapist, or anyone you feel comfortable with. Sharing your emotions can lighten the burden and provide valuable support.

3. Engage in activities you enjoy.

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Rediscovering your passions can be a powerful antidote to loneliness. Spend time doing activities you love, whether it’s painting, hiking, reading, or playing an instrument. Focusing on your interests can bring joy and a sense of fulfillment.

4. Join a club or group with shared interests.

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Finding your tribe can make a world of difference. Look for local clubs, groups, or online communities that cater to your hobbies or passions. Connecting with people who share your interests can create a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

5. Volunteer your time.

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Helping others can be a surprisingly effective way to combat loneliness. Volunteering your time and skills not only benefits those in need, but it also helps you connect with others who share your passion for making a difference.

6. Take a class or workshop.

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Learning something new is a great way to meet new people and expand your horizons. Sign up for a class or workshop on a topic that interests you, whether it’s cooking, dancing, or coding. You might just discover hidden talents and make new friends along the way.

7. Get a pet.

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If you’re looking for unconditional love and companionship, consider adopting a pet. Pets can provide incredible emotional support and help you feel less alone. Plus, caring for a furry friend can give you a sense of purpose and routine.

8. Spend time in nature.

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Nature has a way of calming the mind and lifting the spirits. Go for a walk in the park, hike in the woods, or simply sit by a lake and enjoy the scenery. Immersing yourself in nature can help you feel more connected to the world around you and less focused on your own thoughts.

9. Set small, achievable goals.

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Accomplishing tasks, no matter how small, can boost your confidence and sense of purpose. Start with manageable goals, like trying a new recipe, organizing a drawer, or reading a few pages of a book. As you achieve these goals, you’ll feel a sense of progress and motivation.

10. Practice self-compassion.

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Be kind to yourself. Loneliness can be tough, and it’s important to treat yourself with the same understanding and compassion you would offer a friend. Acknowledge your struggles, forgive yourself for any perceived shortcomings, and focus on self-care.

11. Limit social media use.

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While social media can be a way to connect, it can also fuel feelings of loneliness. The curated highlight reels of others’ lives can make you feel like you’re missing out. Try to limit your social media consumption and focus on real-life interactions instead.

12. Explore new hobbies or interests.

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Stepping outside your comfort zone can lead to unexpected connections. Try a new activity you’ve always been curious about, like pottery, rock climbing, or improv comedy. You might discover hidden talents and meet like-minded people along the way.

13. Practice mindfulness and gratitude.

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According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness can help you stay present and appreciate the good things in your life. Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath, your senses, and the present moment. Additionally, practicing gratitude can shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life and cultivate a sense of contentment.

14. Get professional help if needed.

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If feelings of loneliness persist or become overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can provide support, guidance, and coping strategies to help you navigate through this challenging time.

15. Remember, you’re not alone.

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Many people experience loneliness at some point in their lives. You’re not alone in this struggle. Reach out, connect, and take steps towards building a more fulfilling and connected life. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference in how you feel.

Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.