Following on from our previous blog, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we've put together a few ways you can reframe the idea of being 'alone' to be more of a positive and empowering experience.
· Create a routine
Routines are a really good way of anchoring yourself in the present: in times of massive insecurity, they give back an element of control. Make sure you make time for all the essentials every day, including sleep, cooking and eating, exercise, social activity work and, of course personal downtime and self-care.
· Start a new project
Being alone is a rare quality in these frenetic times we live in and give you the opportunity to be creative and innovative so this period is alight with possibilities.
· Learn a new skill
This as an opportunity to expand your skillset, whether that is learning a new language, joining an art class or maybe a new type of exercise class. Learning new skills help to gain courage and confidence and enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction with new people with similar interests.
· Discover how to be present
Time alone that is true, uninterrupted solitude is a chance to strengthen your sense of identity in a way that is not influenced by any other people at all. There are several ways in which you can do this, journaling, meditation and practicing gratitude.
· Focus on developing relationships
Building new connections is important, but improving your existing relationships can also be a great way to combat loneliness. Try calling a friend or family member you have spoken to in a while.
· Go for a walk
Simply getting outside for some fresh air and greeting others in the street or in the park can make a huge difference. It will also encourage an increase of endorphins to make you feel good and boost your overall wellbeing.
One of the biggest things we need to be thinking about when combatting loneliness is staying connected. Positive relationships with friends family and colleagues help us thrive. Without social connections, it’s easy to feel lonely or isolated. It is important to remember that you are not alone in how you are feeling and there is always someone there to listen.
Shout – Text 85258 (24/7)
Samaritans – Call 116 123 (24/7)
Campaign Against Living Miserably 0800 585858 (5pm-midnight every day of the year)
SANE – Call 0300 304 7000