It can be easy to feel lonely and isolated - even when we're surrounded by other people. Melissa from the #YSHealth Panel has shared her top tips for tackling loneliness.
Top tips for tackling loneliness by Melissa
Identifying you're lonely can be difficult. I often struggled to find similarities between me and other people. I found I was lonely when I supposedly had everything. This is what helped me.
1. Write to an author or sportsperson who inspires you or read a book by them
I became really interested in reading a few years ago. I found understanding and then I felt less lonely. He gets it I thought. I’m not alone.
2. Volunteer with an organisation that you feel reflects the same values you hold
When I was volunteering I had the freedom to think clearly. I could express myself. I found myself.
3. If you can, remove yourself from the environment contributing to your loneliness
I identified negative relationships and acknowledged the impact on my sense of loneliness. With this new awareness, I began forming positive connections.
4. Establish positive and sustainable relationships
Be curious and open to new connections. I always hoped I would find people like me. In being open, I connected with people who reflected what I did. I found community.
5. Do what’s natural to you
If that’s not doing what it seems everyone else is doing so be it. You’ll find your way. Have confidence and be true to yourself.
6. Look up
I completed the Great North Run for a military charity and I looked up in the train station on the way home and there was a soldier smiling. We had something in common. Mutual respect.
7. Support a sports team
Sport has given me so much happiness. I feel like I’m part of something. When I’m supporting the football team I love, I feel connected. I’m part of the family.
8. Tell your story and create change.
When you are ready, help others. It’s important for me to give back. I just want to help people.
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