Don’t keep it to yourself
Talking to someone about your feelings of loneliness and learning positive coping techniques such as connecting with others, doing more of the things you enjoy, learning new skills and looking after yourself are all helpful ways to deal with the negative emotions associated with loneliness. To find out more please visit Healthy Minds (opens in a new window).
Catch up with old friends
Reach out to your friends by picking up the phone or contacting them through social media.
Technology is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family using social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp. There are lots of free courses available to help improve your skills in this area.
Invest time in new connections
Joining groups based on your interests is one of the best ways of making new connections. Think about activities and hobbies you enjoy, or perhaps something new you would like to learn. This can also include getting involved in community activities by joining groups such Women’s Institute, the Rotary Club etc.
Little things can make a difference
Having deep connections with close friends is important but brief exchanges with others e.g. saying hello to a neighbour, a shop keeper or someone at the bus stop can also have a positive impact on how you feel about yourself.
Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved and you can draw on skills or interests you have developed over your lifetime. Volunteering is more important than ever and can be a way of connecting and meeting new people. People can offer their time by supporting a family member, friend or neighbour or by getting involved in initiatives such as the Good Neighbour Network or by using apps such as Next Door.
Some people may benefit from a more formal social arrangement such as befriending, where you are matched with a befriender who can either contact you via phone or in person.