What To Do If You're Feeling Lonely #LonelinessAwarenessWeek

Date Added: 14/06/2022


This week is #LonelinessAwarenessWeek. Feeling connected to others is important for our mental health and physical wellbeing, and can help combat anxiety and depression.

If you feel alone or socially isolated for a long time, you might experience physical or mental issues, or start engaging in negative activities.

Loneliness can have the following negative effects on your health:

  • Physical symptoms: headaches, feeling ill, having pains, feeling tired, having sleep problems, or lacking motivation.
  • Mental health conditions: depression, feeling anxious, having panic attacks, or feeling paranoid.
  • Low energy: feeling tired or not having motivation.
  • Sleep problems: not being able to get to sleep, stay asleep, or waking up a lot during the night.
  • Diet problems: putting on weight, losing weight, or losing your appetite.
  • Negative feelings: feeling worthless or hopeless or thinking about suicide.
  • Substance abuse: drinking a lot of alcohol, misusing medicines, or taking drugs.
It's important to reach out if you're feeling isolated. There are many ways to get help to overcome loneliness and improve your way of life.

Some things to try are:

  • Going for a walk, spending some time in nature
  • Connecting with family and friends
  • Trying something creative like painting or drawing
  • Practicing mindful breathing exercises
  • Writing in your journal
  • Being active
  • Volunteering
  • Spending time with pets

If you need support:

Feeling lonely or isolated for a long time or for no obvious reason could be a sign of depression. Don't be afraid to reach out for support. Talk to your doctor, a counsellor, or a trusted friend or family member. 

Our trained therapists are available to listen and support you, visit EDAS First Connect or call us on 01202 735777 to learn more.

These helplines in the UK can also help you. They're free and anonymous, and they're always open:

Learn more about our affordable private counselling sessions.

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