If feel you are getting enough social interaction, but still feel lonely then these feelings may be related to how you view those relationships. Although innately we are social beings, trauma and past experiences can for some result in neutral feelings when socialising.
There are many ways that can help change that view so that you experience more meaning when you do connect with others:
Reflection through journaling
Understanding when you feel lonely is important and admitting it, is like most problems the first step is acknowledging the problem.
Also seek professional help if you are suffering from depression or feelings of loneliness, professions can use techniques like Cognitive behavioural therapy, which will reframe your thought patterns.
Your mindset can help you feel better about yourself . View article on how to change your mindset
Having a sense of purpose
As discussed in our topic 'Purpose', this will give you greater motivation to achieve something, this will boost self esteem and make you less vulnerable to feelings of loneliness.
When you exercise or play sport with it can reduce feelings of loneliness, even if you are active alone it can give you mental health benefits which will lead to feeling more positive and less likely to fall into a lonely state.
Stop comparing lives with others
It has been found that teenagers are prone to comparing themselves to others and this leads to a feelings of loneliness, often worsened by social media and the incorrect comparisons we make to other peoples lives.
Routine and rituals
Maintaining a routine and following rituals can give you a sense of control when things are uncertain, which will lead to less feelings of loneliness.
If you continue to feel lonely and are concerned that this maybe a symptom of depression, seek medical advice. Depression symptoms can be reduced through some actions but may not be addressing the biological cause, so always talk to a professional.
How you can feel less lonely
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NHS help for lonliness
Futureproof article on how to change your mindset, which will in turn help with loneliness.
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