Anyone can feel lonely, even when surrounded by people, but coping with loneliness can be extremely difficult. There are many different reasons people feel lonely. The end of a relationship can cause loneliness. Moving to a new city or country can cause loneliness. The death of a loved one can cause loneliness.
But no matter what situation caused your loneliness, itís important to remember that you are not the only one suffering in this way.
There are many different ways you can cope with this feeling you have.
One way is to get out and join some activities. This can be very difficult to do at first because loneliness can make you feel completely paralyzed in a social sense, but usually finding something to do will bring you together with new people. New activities give you a chance to meet other people who are also interested in the same things you are.
Before you join any social activities, you may want to consider just spending some time alone. This may sound counterproductive, but sometimes it's easier to find the strength to meet new people after youíve practiced being alone for a while.
However, if you do need to spend some time alone, then make sure that it is active alone time.
Coping with loneliness is not for the faint of heart, and activity will keep your body occupied while your mind tries to deal with your loss.
Another way to deal with loneliness is to buy a pet. This can be especially helpful if you've lost a roommate or a spouse. Living alone can be devastating to someone whoís had someone living with them for a long time, and a pet can really help with the feelings of abandonment.
It's always good to have someone who needs you to take care of them, even if it is a furry little friend.
The loss you're feeling also leaves you with what seems like a great void in your time. Instead of time spent with the person you lost, you're now facing hours of free time.
Instead of seeing this time as moments you must now spend alone, think of them as time for new opportunities.
Why not volunteer your time? Volunteering is a great way to stay active and keep your mind focused on something other than your loss.
Coping with loneliness will also require you to set new goals. The more you get to know yourself, the easier you'll be able to figure out what you want to do.
You can now live for everything you ever wanted to do, no matter what it is. Sometimes being alone can be one of the greatest gifts you ever receive because it allows a deeper knowledge of yourself.
Finally, make sure that you exercise regularly. Once again, this falls into the category of staying active, but exercise also has plenty of other benefits.
Regular exercise increases your levels of "feel good" hormones, and this can lessen the depression you're experiencing as a result of your loneliness.
Overall, it's just important that you find your own way to deal with loneliness.
No one can replace the person you lost, and your life is completely different now. Itís time to learn how to live your new life.
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