Coping with loneliness
Feeling lonely isn’t in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Although most people need some kind of social contact to maintain good mental health, everyone has different social needs. You may be someone who is content with a few close friends, or you may need a large group of varied acquaintances to feel satisfied.
Have a look at these tips. They might help you to cope with feelings of loneliness.
- Think about what is making you lonely
- Make new connections
- Open up
- Take it slow
- Be careful when comparing yourself to others
- Check how you are feeling
- Get some help
- Read others’ stories
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