6 Ways to Fight Loneliness

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


Being alone and being lonely are two entirely different scenarios. It does not mean that people who prefer to be alone are always lonely. Some people are very comfortable being alone and do it by choice, while others can feel lonely though they are surrounded by a lot of people.

Here are a few simple ways you can deal with loneliness.




1.Take a walk


Long walks are something that are not only good for your body but also your mind. In general terms, any kind of physical activity would help while walking has some other benefits as well. Walking gives you time to think while increasing the blood flow in your body and clears your mind.



2.Adopt a pet


Choosing to have a pet can relieve anxiety and pain in your mind that are the results of loneliness. Pets are very good companions and will never let you feel alone. They help you feel happy whenever you need it.



3.Talk to yourself


Self-realization is very important. You might not always find someone who is ready to talk to you whenever you need them. You are always the person who knows the situation and is best if you consider discussing things within yourself. This may sound weird while hearing for the first time but it works.

You can weigh the situation within yourself and analyze the pros and cons without any bias. In a way, this is much better than discussing it with someone else since you will have nothing to hide.


4.Do something random


Loneliness can at times become something that is a result of boredom. In such a situation try to make the scenario exciting. Do something that you have never tried before. It can be something really small but at the same time has to be something spontaneous. It can be as simple as taking the longer route to work or a little more drastic like taking a small trip to someplace you have never been to before.




5.Be honest


Never hesitate to accept the fact that things are not right with you. Acceptance of the problem is the first step towards the solution for the problem. As long as you are ready to resolve the situation accepting that there is a problem is not something shameful. Everyone has gone through such problems at some point in their life.


6.Seek professional help


Continuous feeling of loneliness can be a sign of depression. In this case, professional help is necessary. You might require counseling and also medication at times. A trained psychologist will be able to pinpoint the root cause of your problems within a few sessions. They will help you devise strategies to deal with the situation and cope up.

Never lose hope in situations. It is okay to feel down but always trust that things will get back to normal.




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