Tips on tackling loneliness
By the Options Wellbeing Team
As you might have seen, we are supporting the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week and re-opening our Shirley hub, as well as accepting face-to-face bookings to take place from May 30, from anyone seeking help with their mental health.
If you’re suffering from loneliness, then we can help. We’ve put together some signs you can look out for and some top tips on dealing with loneliness too. Read on to find out more.
Signs of loneliness
Many people will put on a brave face when it comes to loneliness, they might feel embarrassed about admitting that they could do with some company, but it’s nothing to feel bad about.
The signs of loneliness can differ between everyone, but the main ones to look out for are restless sleep, lack of appetite, increased spending habits, a lack of independence and a change in the frequency of contacting others.
Tops tips on dealing with loneliness
- Take one day at a time – make a plan for the day or even for the next few hours. Write down what you want to get done and tick off your list as you go. Being busy can keep your mind off feeling lonely.
- Be creative – expressing yourself and being creative is a great way to take your mind off things. You could write a journal or draw or paint.
- Exercise – make the most of the fresh air and change your environment. This will boost your mood and is great for your mindset too. It also gives you the chance to see other people.
- Set achievable goals – it could be something as simple as cooking or cleaning out a cupboard or wardrobe.
- Put yourself out there – it can be easier said than done but taking the plunge and putting yourself out there and talking to others or contacting a friend or family member is always a great first step to tackling loneliness. A great place to start is on www.meetup.com, which you can sign up to, to create connections with like-minded people in different areas of the country.
How we can help
We can support you to help explore ways of recognising what is negatively impacting your life and finding ways of addressing and improving your wellbeing. To find out more about how we can help, please click here.