Humans are social creatures who thrive on social interactions. The pandemic caused by CoVID-19 has practiced isolation, social distancing and stress. Loneliness affects our social world and deprives us of a companion, which leads to loneliness.
While many have adjusted to the new ‘normal’, there are many who find it difficult to be alone. Being alone is not always bad.
You can learn a lot about yourself, discover your passions, and even learn about your likes and dislikes. Here are some effective ways to feel less lonely.
1. Nurture your relationship with yourself.
Some people may find it difficult to be alone. But, use this opportunity to your advantage and discover new things about yourself. You can journal, or draw, about your feelings, your insecurities, your goals, etc.
2. New learning opportunities
Your loneliness can be turned into an opportunity for you to learn and acquire a new skill. You can create, study and take courses online.
3. Go on dates with yourself.
Take yourself out to a movie or discover that cafe or restaurant you’ve been dying to visit. Go on a long drive. You can also go hiking and explore nature and do trekking.
According to a 2020 study in the United Kingdom, participants filled out a survey form every two years from 1996-2014 about their overall mental health and volunteering habits. It found that people who volunteered at least once a month had better mental health than those who volunteered rarely or never.
Walking, jogging, cycling, cardio exercises, and stretching exercises help reduce stress and keep you healthy in the long run. According to a study published in 2018, researchers found that active people experienced 43.2 percent fewer days of poor mental health than those who were inactive.
Over time, if your loneliness is increasing your stress or anxiety levels, seek professional help.
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