I feel lonely
People can often feel lonely and isolated for all kinds of reasons: long periods of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, family or friends not living close by, the loss of a spouse or long-term partner or just living in an isolated part of the country – as humans, we crave social interaction. No one should suffer alone and in today’s modern world, you do not need to be alone.
Here are some suggestions from the NHS which may help to reduce the sense of loneliness you are feeling:
- Do you have a friend or family member you could talk to about your feelings?
- You could contact Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or email: [email protected] for someone to talk to.
- Consider joining a class or a group online or physically that focuses on something you enjoy.
- Sometimes just being around other people, even if you don’t know them, can help you feel less lonely – perhaps make a plan to go to a park or a café. During lockdown this is not always going to be practical, so consider joining an online group with people who have similar interests to you.
- Consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website
- Try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope
- Find out how to raise your self-esteem
- Listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
- Search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS apps library