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A Need for Connection

Feeling lonely? Take five steps to find connection.

You weren’t created to live alone. You are meant to be in community with others. When that community, companionship, or meaningful connection with others is missing, you feel lonely. Some people feel lonely when they’re surrounded by other people, when they’re in a loveless marriage, or even when they have hundreds of friends on social media. For many, the pandemic, lockdowns, quarantines, and social distancing rules have only made them feel more isolated.

Believe it or not, loneliness is harmful to your mental and physical health. It puts you at risk for depression, heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, sleep problems, and Alzheimer’s disease. While it can be hard for lonely people to overcome the fear of rejection, there are steps to take to break free from loneliness. Here are a few to try.

Recognize It

You miss deep connection with others and are tired of superficial friendships, small talk, and surface conversations. You have acquaintances but no close friends. Even when you’re with other people, you feel alone and separate. Your efforts at reaching out haven’t been reciprocated, you’re tired of trying, and you struggle with self-doubt.

If this sounds familiar, take heart. You’re not alone. Millions of other people feel the same way. The first step to getting past this is admitting to yourself and others that you’re lonely. Then take a close look at the possible reasons why. Have your relationships changed? Have you stopped nurturing the friendships you have? Are you isolating yourself? Answering these questions can help you move forward.

Start with Small Talk

When you have no one to share life with, even small interactions help you feel more connected. Small talk won’t cure loneliness, but it’s a place to start. At the grocery store, on the subway, or at your kid’s soccer game, make small talk with the person nearby. Text a friend you haven’t talked with in a while. Breaking free from loneliness starts with small steps.

Make a Plan

It may have been months since you were invited to hang out with friends, but you don’t have to wait around for an invitation. Take the first step and initiate a get-together. Plan a game night, a picnic in the park, or lunch date with a friend. Social distancing rules may make plans a little more challenging, but not impossible. Get creative!

Volunteer

One of the best things to do when you’re feeling lonely is to forget about yourself and reach out to others who are hurting, needy, or lonely. COVID may limit your opportunities, but seek out ways to volunteer in the community. In the process you’ll meet new people and make new connections.

Get a Pet

Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason. A pet is a great way to take the edge off your loneliness. Furry friends are always happy to see you and can add a bright spot to your dreary day. Studies show that pets like dogs and cats reduce anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness.

Go Online, or Don’t

Some people find a certain level of fulfillment from engaging with people online. Playing games, having conversations in various forums, or chatting with friends online may ease your feelings of isolation.

For others, the lack of face-to-face interaction on social media only exacerbates loneliness. Seeing posts of happy families and friend groups can make you feel left out and less than adequate. Spending too much time online can alienate you from the relationships you already have.

Be honest with yourself about how screen time affects your mental well-being. If it’s helping, great! If not, take a break to focus on in-person interactions.

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