This may come as surprise to many that more and more surveys are finding the fact that teenagers are lonelier as compared to other age groups. For instance, a survey by British Broadcasting Corporation (BCC) found that 4 in every 10 youngsters are lonely. This feeling of loneliness is defined in many ways including but not limited to fear of missing out (FOMO), feeling misunderstood, not having anyone to speak with, sadness, and feeling disconnected from the world.
How to combat loneliness?
Check out these tips and you will surely find know how to combat loneliness.
Help others in need
Start with something that makes you feel attached. Giving and helping others is the key! There are many people who need your help and even if you do a little thing that is easily possible for you, it makes you feel great from within.
Visit an old age home with some fruits and spend some time with elderly people, donate something in a childcare center, or simply help a pet by feeding, all these small things will make a big difference and help you feel attached.
Interact with those who have mutual feelings
Talk about your story and also listen to someone’s story- from the one who shares mutual feelings. When you are lonely, your level of empathy increases, and when you speak with someone who is feeling lonely too, it will improve your self-esteem.
On the other hand, you are also helping another person who is feeling lonely too, and it’s a win-win situation for both of you.
Get a pet
And, this is something that can provide you with instant results. Decide what pet would you love to have, and the one you are ready to make a part of your family. It can be a dog, a rabbit, a pair of love birds, or the choice is completely yours.
Pets such as dogs are not only loyal but they are a great companion with whom you can spend some quality time, they offer great support to those who are feeling sad or lonely.
Did you know: Dogs can see the sadness in humans and by initiating cuddling, they attempt to make their owners feel happy!
Practice mindfulness activities
Practicing mindfulness is a way to spend some quality “ME” time. And, thankfully, you have a wide variety of options to do that.
Light a candle, look at its flame for around 10 to 15 minutes, set your mind completely free and allow it to think whatever it wants to, and don’t judge, let your thoughts come and pass, and soon, you will feel calm and relaxed.
The other way is to prepare a gratitude list, pen down 10 things that you are grateful for. You can do this early morning or when you go to bed. Once you have those 10 things written on a piece of paper, you will be able to focus on what’s working in life instead of what’s not, and it will give you instant relaxation.
Indulge in creativity
So, you have nobody to speak with and you are all alone. Well, try something that you have never done before, or you can call it something you used to do before.
Try some dance steps, read a book, write something you want, sketching and painting, try creating some doodle arts, and there are many ways you can spend some quality time, even when there’s no one around you.
The bottom line
It is important to note that depression is real, so is loneliness these negative feelings should be taken seriously. Even if you see any of your near and dear ones feeling lonely, help them! Share this vital information with all your loved ones.