Persistent loneliness is hard to get past. It can be very troubling without intervention. You may feel yourself withdrawing even more because you feel lonely. It could leave you feeling sad, depressed, and hopeless.
If you’re lonely but aren’t sure why, it’s time to come up with some answers that are reassuring and comforting. You don’t have to be alone in your journey. The licensed therapists at Heart-Centered Counseling provide a safe space for you to explore your feelings, work on your relationships, and come up with ideas on ways to make your life less lonely.
Some solutions for combating loneliness include:
- Discerning fact from fiction. Just because you feel lonely doesn’t mean that no one cares. Even if you feel like no one does, it may be because you haven’t been able to get past the feelings of defeat you’re currently experiencing. With the help of a therapist, you can learn see loneliness as an opportunity to work on your inner world and re-experience the outer world, instead of as a character flaw.
- Reach out to others for help. Even if you don’t know anyone in your immediate geographic location that you can speak to or meet up with, consider finding a point of contact. Join a club, interest group, therapy group, or support group online (e.g. through MeetUp) and let others know how lonely you feel so they can help you move past the feelings that you’re currently experiencing.
- Come up with a plan that moves you out of your head. Self-care is essential for good mental and physical health. Create a list of things you can do when you’re feeling down. Even going for a quick walk around the neighborhood helps you come into contact with other people. Check one simple thing off your list as a start.
Trust in the counselors at Heart-Centered Counseling to help you get through the loneliest periods of your life. Having a dedicated therapist to work with is very beneficial because it allows you to communicate your needs with someone licensed and trained to assist you. Rather than spend more time alone, you’re in the company of someone who cares about your health and well-being.