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How To Cope With Loneliness

This doesn't sound like the happiest of topics, but many of us out there often feel lonely. With the phrase 'social distancing' being said to us most of the time lately, it's no wonder that we feel this way. However, as difficult as it may be, it's our own job to get ourselves feeling better and there are ways to do this. Times may be tough, but it's important to remember that (as said in High School Musical), we're all in this together.

1. Self-Care

Being Lonely is exhausting, it's a feeling that is with you and is difficult to shake. The advice that people often give is to go out and see someone, but as we all know, this can't always be the case. Taking care of yourself can make you feel a bit more positive, and having something else to focus on can help distract from the loneliness. Try getting a good night sleep and some exercise, and see how you feel after.

2. Talk

I have said this so many times, but it's good to be reminded. As I said earlier, people have been talking about 'social distancing', which obviously we should be doing, but a more suitable phrase would be 'physical distancing' as we can still be social without seeing each other face-to-face. So if you need to talk, don't be afraid as there are plenty of options.

3. Work On Existing Relationships

This isn't the best time to go out and meet new people, so think about who are already in your life and build on your relationships with them. Whether it's your family, or your chosen family, message them often and maintain contact, even though it may not be in person. For an extra step, message someone who you haven't talked to for a while and see how they're getting on.

4. Loneliness isn't a fact

Remember, loneliness is a feeling. This means that something has set off the lonely feeling, it does not mean that you are a lonely person. What I'm trying to say is, it is not forever. Every feeling we have, whether it's happy, sad or excited, goes away at some point, and feeling lonely will definitely go away, as soon as you find the answer to solving it.

5. Think Of Activities

When stuck inside, it's easy to think that there is nothing to do. However, there are plenty of fun activities that you can do at home, alone or with family. Try watching a new TV show/movie, cook or bake an exciting new dish, or even get creative and do some artwork reflecting on how you feel at the moment. Anything to keep your mind distracted and have some fun.

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