The New Hope MHCS

How To Treat Social Isolation

9 Ways to Overcome Loneliness

When you feel lonely due to being isolated from familiar others, it can be scary and overwhelming. This feeling is especially challenging for young adults transitioning from home to college or leaving for another new place. Even though it might appear negative, being alone doesn’t have to be bad. If you are struggling because you are alone, here are some tips on treating it. Loneliness can result from many things: moving to a new place where you know no one, losing touch with old friends, or simply not having anyone around you who shares your interests. It is normal to feel lonely at times; however, if these feelings continue for an extended period and negatively impact other areas of your life, it may be time to take action.

Change Your Environment

A big part of social isolation is that you have chosen to be alone. Of course, there are many reasons why someone would become isolated, but in many cases, you have the power to change that situation and make an effort to meet new people. If you feel lonely due to isolation, try changing the environment where you spend most of your time. Make an effort to meet new people and make plans with people you already know. You can also try some online social apps to meet people with similar interests who you don’t already know. If you’re going to make new friends and aren’t sure how to do it, start by getting out of your comfort zone every day. Join a club, go to a museum, or attend a lecture that interests you. You can also volunteer your time. Making new friends takes time, so don’t expect to make many new friends right away. You must be intentional about activating your change.

Exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health, which can help you deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation. It can also help you find your confidence and build new friendships. If you feel lonely, don’t go to the gym where you are surrounded by other people who are just as focused on their fitness and not making friends. Instead, try walking outside. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you can walk outside year-round, walking is a low-impact and inexpensive way to increase your heart rate and reduce stress. If you can’t go outside, try taking a swim at the gym or going for a jog on a treadmill. Exercising releases endorphins that make you feel happier and more confident. Plus, working out regularly is a great way to meet and make new friends. Now that the weather is becoming warmer, it is a great opportunity to get out and do something for yourself.

Practice Self-Care

When you feel lonely, the first thing that you might be tempted to do is isolate yourself from others. You are likely to engage in withdrawal behavior, i.e., not talking to anyone or being by yourself. However, this is the worst thing that you can do for yourself. Social isolation is incredibly unhealthy and can lead to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. The best thing you can do when you feel lonely is to reach out to someone who can help you. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue, the best thing that you can do is to seek professional help. Trained mental health professionals can help you manage these feelings and get you back on track.

Talk to a Professional

Besides a mental health professional, many other types of professionals can help you combat feelings of loneliness. For example, a life coach or a therapist can help you identify the root of your feelings of isolation and get some tools to deal with them. A therapist can serve as an unbiased third party to help you sort through your feelings and make behavioral changes to improve them. A therapist doesn’t have to be expensive either. Many insurance plans cover mental health services, and there are also many affordable options out there for people who don’t have insurance. Many of us struggle with our mental health condition because we don’t think it warrants any urgent attention. Some of us choose to rely on a less intrusive mode when a skilled approach is needed to identify and directly engage the factors causing the problem. A therapist is that skilled person trusted to support you with your mental health challenge. 

Join an Activity or Group You Enjoy

If you have been feeling lonely, there is a chance that you are neglecting your hobbies and interests. Try focusing on the things you love and bring joy into your life. Joining a group or an activity that you enjoy can help you feel less lonely and give you something to look forward to. It can also be a great way to make new friends. Some great activities include: taking dance classes, joining a sports team, going to book clubs, joining a volunteer organization, or attending meet-ups that interest you.

Create a Support Network

One of the best ways to overcome feelings of loneliness due to isolation is to create a support network of friends and family. A support network is a group of people you can talk to when you feel lonely or struggle with a mental health issue. It could be a friend or family member, or it could also be a therapist or someone else in a position to help you through a challenging time. You can also create a support network online by joining an online forum for people who share your interests or who are in a similar situation as you are. This can be a great way to meet new helpful, and caring people.

Take Action and Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Sometimes you might feel lonely because you are fearful of making new connections. You might be worried that you won’t know what to say in social situations or fear rejection from others. In these situations, the best thing you can do is take action. Remember, you must activate your change intentionally. This doesn’t mean that you should go up to everyone and introduce yourself but try to get yourself out there a little bit. Try joining a club or signing up for a class you have always wanted to take. The more you try and the more times you fail, the more you will learn and the less you will fear what you are experiencing.

Conclusion

Sometimes you might feel lonely because you are fearful of making new connections. You might be worried that you won’t know what to say in social situations or fear rejection from others. In these situations, the best thing you can do is take action. Remember, you must activate your change intentionally. This doesn’t mean that you should go up to everyone and introduce yourself but try to get yourself out there a little bit. Try joining a club or signing up for a class you have always wanted to take. The more you try and the more times you fail, the more you will learn and the less you will fear what you are experiencing.

If you are feeling any of these symptoms then it is time to get some help!!