Everyone needs meaningful contact with others to feel safe, loved and cared for. When we don’t have this, we can feel lonely

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Choosing to be by yourself is different to loneliness: it is your choice to be in your own company. Loneliness can be being alone when you don't want to be, or feeling alone when you are with a group of people (whether that's your family or friends). It may be difficult for you to make friends, which causes you to withdraw from social activities, leading you to feel sad and lonely.

Feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health and can lead to difficulties such as anxiety or depression.

Overcoming loneliness

  • Reach out to people: Try make contact with people you haven't spoken to in a while and see how they are.
  • Go for a mindful walk: Be aware of your surroundings – look around, use your senses.
  • Take on a hobby: What do you enjoy doing? There are YouTube videos for everything from yoga to gardening. 
  • Talking therapy: Learn skills and methods to help yourself when you are feeling lonely.
  • Learn to spend time alone: Try to get used to being comfortable within your own company.

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