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What To Do When You’re Feeling Lonely

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The feeling of being lonely can happen to anyone at anytime. For some people the feeling can go away as soon as they see a friendly face to converse with, while others can still feel lonely in the company of friends and family. If you or a loved one is feeling lonely, here’s what you can do about it.

Recognize The Issue
The first step in putting an end to loneliness is realizing that you or your loved one is in fact lonely. Once this has been established, the person who is lonely needs to think about why they might feel this way and what it means to them. Asking questions, whether it’s to yourself or to the person that is lonely, can help everyone understand the situation better.

Get Involved
The perfect way to start this new pursuit of happiness is to find something that you or your loved one who is lonely likes to do. Then you should look for a group of people that collectively share the same interests. Gatherings like book clubs, painting classes, card games, etc. can allow the person who is feeling lonely to enjoy an activity they like, while also meeting new friends. This will help you feel more connected to the people you are engaging with.

Ask For Help
Studies have shown that one-on-one therapy with a professional is the most effective way to resolve feelings of loneliness. No person should ever feel embarrassed to seek professional help, as it is the fastest and most effective way to address and solve the problem of loneliness. For those who are uncertain of who to go to, ask your physician for a recommendation.

Loneliness is a feeling no one should experience, but if you do, there are ways you can go about making it go away. For other useful tips and information, visit our blog! If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations:

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