Often, we don’t tend to think about our own isolation, then loneliness suddenly creeps up on us. Suddenly, we find ourselves wondering what happened, and why we aren’t as socially active as we once may have been.
There are lots of reasons why this can occur. Perhaps you’ve relocated or retired, maybe your friends have passed on or moved away. Whatever the case, loneliness often causes us to do the opposite of what we should do.
Instead of motivating us to be more active, many people find it to be draining.
Luckily, this isn’t uncommon and there are positive habits you can develop to help you stay social and combat loneliness. Finding an absolute solution may depend on your particular situation. However, here are a few tips to help you form good habits.
No, we don’t mean to be married, we mean with a stimulating social environment. Reach out and connect with others by enrolling in fitness classes or joining a club. From book clubs and garden clubs to volunteer opportunities, regardless of your interests, there’s likely a social group for you.
While spending time in solitude may not sound conducive to remedying loneliness, it could still help. Meditation, though often practiced alone, can essentially help us feel a spiritual connection to the world around us. It’s as if we’re connected to everyone, everywhere.
It helps us overcome the physical, emotional, and mental effects associated with loneliness. Plus, it can help us feel more at ease about other approaches to combatting isolation and loneliness as well.
Go on an Adventure
When life has got you down, sometimes it can help to just go out and try something completely new. This can involve anything from traveling to participating in a retreat or signing up for an interesting class. Unique, new experiences can make us much more open and, in turn, help us establish meaningful connections with others.
Improve Your Sleep Quality
Believe it or not, your sleep habits matter quite a bit. Poor sleep quality is actually a hallmark of loneliness and can be detrimental to your mental and physical health.
If you often feel fatigued or if you have trouble falling asleep, it’s important to improve your sleep hygiene practices.
Be Accepting of Others
Sometimes we have ourselves at least partially to blame for our own loneliness. It’s important to be accepting and non-judgmental of new people you meet. The less cynical and critical you are, and the more open, the better you’ll be at making new friends.
Adopt a Pet or Volunteer Your Time
Pets make incredible companions on their own, but some can also help you get out and stay active, too.
Can’t have a pet? Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. Not only will this give you a chance to make important social connections, you’ll be helping animals in need, too.
Loneliness is incredibly common, and we tend to experience it even more as we age. It isn’t something we should have to suffer though. Perhaps you have some of your own good habits or suggestions that can help others. Let us know in the comments below.