I was touched by her heartfelt posts, reaching out to connect with others and to be an encouragement to others.
If you have the chance and are so inclined, please visit her Blog and say ‘hello’. I hope you don’t mind me sharing your Blog, ‘notalone’. 🙂
I also have felt the ache of loneliness and even being alone in a crowd or amongst friends, and know that many others have felt similar things also.
I have been encouraged from ‘day 1’ of blogging here by the feeling of community and connection that sharing our thoughts and a glimpse into our individual worlds brings.
I wonder if you have any suggestions as to what can help someone feeling this way? What healthy ways of coping with loneliness do you have?
I believe that God cares for us and that ultimately we always have SomeOne to reach out to. But it’s not always easy to feel or believe that. We need human companionship too.
But what happens when that is not available?
I think in addition to reaching out to God (for me, personally), we need to learn to be our own best friend, when too often we can be our own worst enemies. The thoughts we think about ourselves really do have such a powerful impact, not only on the state of our mind, but also on our mood, physical and emotional health and our ability to cope with the day to day things of life.
I would encourage you, if you are feeling alone and isolated to think about what might help you.
Here are some things that have helped me. I’d love to know what works for you, so please feel free to respond in the comments.
Much love. x
- Prayer and reaching out to God.
- Connecting with friends and family where possible – whether face to face, by telephone or via email, etc.
- Positive self talk.
- Making connections in safe ways on the online world.
- Thinking of how I can help other people and reaching out to people in need / being an encourager.
- Absorbing myself in a hobby.
- Going outside for a long walk.
- ‘Journalling’ / writing down my thoughts and ‘to do’ lists to keep productive.
- Focusing on ‘self care’ and building myself up to be independent and resilient emotionally.
When I am in a ‘good place’ within myself, I also find solitude immensely satisfying, especially being out in nature – so there is a difference between being physically alone and being lonely….we just need to find the healthy balance and manage our feelings along the way.
Let me know what works for you, if you so wish. Oh, and say ‘hi’ to my new friend over at Blogger.