Humans are social creatures that thrive on social interactions. The Covid-19-induced pandemic has led to isolation, social distancing and stress. Loneliness has affected our social world and deprived us of companionship, leading to loneliness.
While many have adjusted to the new ‘normal’, there are many who find it difficult to be alone. Being alone is never bad.
You can learn a lot about yourself, discover your passion and even learn about your likes and dislikes. Here are some effective ways to feel less lonely –
1. Grow your relationship with yourself
Some people may find it challenging to be alone. But, use this opportunity to your advantage and uncover new things about yourself. You can journal or draw about your feelings, your insecurities, your goals, etc.
2. New learning opportunities
You can turn your solitude into an opportunity to learn and hone a new skill. You can create, read and take the course online.
3. Go on dates with yourself
Go out for a movie or explore a cafe or restaurant you’ve been dying to visit. Go for a long drive. You can go hiking and explore nature and do trekking.
According to a 2020 study in the United Kingdom, participants filled out a survey form about their overall mental health and volunteering habits every two years from 1996-2014. It was found that those who volunteered at least once a month reported better mental health than those who volunteered often or never.
Walking, jogging, cycling, cardio exercises and stretching exercises can help reduce stress and keep you healthy in the long run. According to a study published in 2018, researchers found that active people experienced 43.2% fewer days of poor mental health compared to those who were inactive.
If, over time, your loneliness increases your stress or anxiety levels, seek professional help.