It is well established that young people (18-24 years old) are more susceptible to feelings of loneliness despite being the most well-connected generation online. While online connections can add value to our lives, favoring them over real-life connections can also trigger feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. So, how do you cope with loneliness in your day-to-day life?
Practice Social Engagement
Interacting with people you know or strangers in your daily life can greatly improve your social and emotional well-being. For this reason, talk to new people you will meet next time you go out shopping or for coffee. Also, if you meet your neighbor, don’t just walk past them.
Be Part of a Group
Being part of a group (think: art class, exercise class, or book club) allows you to meet and interact with people you share interests with. It also creates belongingness. This can reduce the feelings of loneliness.
Steer Clear of social media for a While
If social media makes you feel isolated rather than connected, you may want to avoid it for a while. This allows you to focus on real-life connections and things that make you happy.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes, we feel lonely because we don’t have someone to give us their ears. A qualified therapist will listen to you without being judgmental. This can cure your feelings of loneliness.