How to Deal with Loneliness

Are you feeling lonely? Does it seem as though you’re living on an island all by yourself? Yes there are all these other people, but for one reason or another you just struggle to connect with them on a meaningful emotional level. Things though weren’t always this way. At one point you were very happy and fulfilled. You had all these wonderful relationships and friendships. However, today your world is very different. Things have changed and you are finding it difficult to deal with loneliness. But things don’t need to be this way. You don’t need to be this way. You can change things by following six steps.

 


1) ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS

Dealing with loneliness always begins with being honest with yourself. It requires being genuinely honest with how you are feeling in the moment. The worst thing you can do is deny your true feelings. This feeling of loneliness is real, and it is here. Acknowledging that you’re feeling lonely can help you to work through this difficult period of your life far more effectively. There are of course many reasons why you might be feeling lonely. However, all those reasons effectively come down to the fact that you have emotionally disconnected yourself from the world. You need to work on finding that connection once again.

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2) EVALUATE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Having openly acknowledged your feelings of loneliness provides you with a great starting point. Your next step though is to dig a little deeper and start figuring out why you have emotionally disconnected yourself from the world. You are obviously feeling lonely for a reason. What’s that reason? When do you most feel lonely? Where exactly does it happen? And, how often do you get that way? Answering these questions can help you to connect with yourself at a deeper emotional level. This of course provides you with a platform to help you learn from this experience and pave the way forward to a brighter future.

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3) QUESTION YOUR EXPECTATIONS

In order to effectively deal with loneliness you need to better understand the incredible power that your expectations play in your life. In fact, you are probably feeling lonely right now because of a set of unfulfilled expectations that have prevented you from connecting emotionally with other people. The expectations you hold of yourself and of others, in various situations, could very well be letting you down. Just maybe, the expectations you set about how things should have played out, were somewhat unrealistic. It could in fact be very helpful to set some different expectations that are more attainable.

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4) STOP WALLOWING IN SELF-PITY

Dealing with loneliness is of course extremely difficult. And that voice inside your head is certainly not making life any easier. But the longer you allow that voice to control you, the harder things will become. You’re not to blame, and you’re not at fault. It’s time to forgive yourself and move on. The choices and decisions you made in the past have brought you to this moment. The choices and decision you make in this moment, will create your future. You are good enough, and strong enough, and smart enough to move on. And it doesn’t matter how other people are. Stop comparing. Just focus fully on your own needs. Nothing else matters right now.

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5) FOCUS ON YOUR PASSIONS

One of the most effective ways to deal with loneliness comes in the shape of your goals and deepest passions. What is it that you love to do? What is it that makes your heart sing? What things do you want to achieve? Who would you like to meet? How would you like to spend your time? What places would you like to visit? These are all questions that will lead to your deepest passions. Set a goal to follow these passions and to create your life on purpose. Nothing else should matter but you and your happiness. With that in mind, make happiness your number one priority in life, and everything else will progressively fall into place.

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6) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

You’ve played the victim card for far too long. It’s time now to start taking full responsibility for your life, and for your happiness. It’s time to fully commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to make some positive changes. Change of course happens progressively over time. It will happen, but you must set some realistic expectations and goals for making these changes. Take small steps forward by reaching out and connecting with people. For instance, help a stranger in need, join a club or group, or rekindle an old friendship. Allow hope and courage to carry you through this transition period of your life.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Dealing with loneliness is certainly not easy. It’s a difficult journey that takes a lot of courage and strength. That courage and strength is especially needed when taking that first step. That first step is of course what gets you started. Every step that follows will just become easier as you build momentum toward your new life. But you do need courage and faith. You need courage to take that step, and you need faith to know that it will all work out in the end.


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