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If make a purchase through these links, we receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Please see our disclosure for more info. Did you know that in Korea, people are recording themselves while having dinner? And people are actually paying to watch these videos! Is this another of loneliness creeping up on all of us? Feeling lonely, however, is not a direct cause of being alone. Here Are 25 Tried and Tested Tips 1. Just Show Up Get out there Bored and sometimes lonely to others Familiarity breeds attraction.
A study published at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that same-sex strangers felt increasing affinity towards each other, after each conversation they had. The same goes for online chat conversations. You know the problem with group and couples dates? Attend Meetups Go to meetup. People who meetup. Watch a chick-flick, or a super hero movie—anything but a tear jerker, really —and grab lots of candy and popcorn.
Volunteer Focusing on the needs of others steers your mind away from sad thoughts. Helping the less fortunate will also fill you with immense gratitude. Adopt A Cute Pet A furry cat or dog will cheer you up. Even a goldfish or pretty parrot can do wonders for your mood. about the amazing health benefits of pets and make a new pet friend soon. Would you ask a doctor for a prescription before they check your symptoms? Do your friends make you feel lonely?
Is it your work or surroundings, perhaps? The cause of your loneliness will clue you in on the appropriate solution.
Read a good novel instead. Losing yourself in a good story or identifying with a powerful character will boost your confidence and fill you with a sense of adventure. Take A Bath Where do good ideas come from? In the shower, right? Taking a nice, long, and relaxing bath is a great way to be bask in your alone time, instead of drowning in self-pity. Ladies, prepare a glass of red, chocolates and magazines. Gents, take a bubble bath ala Chandler by taking a manly boat with you!
Take A Random Bus, Train, or Flight Somewhere Taking public transportation to a random location forces you to do two things—be in the company of strangers, and change your environment. Doing this will ward off loneliness and cure your wanderlust as well. Doing crazy stuff alone will give you a good laugh.
They make people laugh! Get Coffee Go to a coffee shop far from your apartment or office. Then order coffee and sit on the bar, or that big table on the center where you can talk to people. Compliment someone on their tie, shoes or bag.
Start a conversation. Consider giving it up for a while. Make Your Bed Making your bed in the morning, and doing a quick two-minute wipe down in your kitchen at night, will make you feel better and in control of your life. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, says her research for the book revealed that bed-making is one of the keystone habits of happy people.
Reminisce the good old days with a friend, your mom or sis. Remembering your crazy antics, and most embarrassing moments caught on camera will fill you with nostalgic memories and drive away loneliness. Get A Camera Get a camera, then go out and start taking beautiful pictures of things around you. A sunset, a barking dog, or a laughing baby—filling your life with beautiful things can take your mind off of loneliness.
The point is to get yourself moving, while trying something new in the supportive environment of a group class. Sometimes, it can help you identify why you feel lonely in the first place.
Plan A holiday Nothing beats loneliness and overwhelm like planning a great holiday vacation. Looking up flights, hotel deals and stuff to do on a random faraway location will boost your spirits and steer your mind off your negative thoughts.
Create Something New Wondering how to not feel lonely, when you actually prefer to be alone? Getting bored is a prerequisite of feeling lonely. Having nothing to do. So keep yourself occupied! Try a new recipe. Create a scrapbook. Do Something Craaazy Dress up like a tourist, and do all the cheesy touristy things in your city.
Do you have other tips on fighting loneliness? Share them with us below. Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Just Show Up Get out there talk to others. A solo date can be whatever you make it. Charley Mendoza Charley Mendoza is a freelance writer covering business, personal development, and careers.Bored and sometimes lonely
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