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3 Simple Ways to End Loneliness for Your Mental Health

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Are you feeling lonely? There are things you can do to end loneliness. Start with these 3 simple ideas to end loneliness. Read them on HealthyPlace.

3 Simple Ways to End Loneliness for Your Mental Health

Do you feel connected to others, or are you lonely? Loneliness is something everyone experiences sometimes, but according to Achor et al. (2018), for about 40 percent of people it’s a chronic problem that damages physical and mental health. There are things you can do to end loneliness and enhance your wellbeing. These three simple ideas can help you start to end the loneliness you’re experiencing.

  • Be more intentional about your time on social media. Limit your time there, and when you are on, be purposeful about what you’re doing. Go directly to the profiles of true friends and interact with them meaningfully, and navigate only to accounts that inspire you or provide useful information.
  • Eat lunch with coworkers rather than alone. It ends lunchtime loneliness and often leads to connections outside the breakroom.
  • Make eye contact, smile, and even say hello. When you’re out and about, keep your head up and notice people. Start simple, with a smile and a nod. Just a brief interaction like this creates a physical and mental feeling of happiness that will encourage you to continue.

Initially, taking measures to end loneliness can be intimidating and anxiety-provoking. Use mindfulness and deep breathing to stay in each moment rather than skipping out, and remember your purpose: to increase connections with others and enhance your mental health.

Reference

Achor, S., Rosen Kellerman, G., Reece, A., & Robichaux, A. (2018). America’s loneliest workers, according to research. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved November 2019 from https://hbr.org/2018/03/americas-loneliest-workers-according-to-research?utm_source=Newsletter_Prompt&utm_medium=Thrive

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, November 18). 3 Simple Ways to End Loneliness for Your Mental Health , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, July 7 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/3-simple-ways-to-end-loneliness-for-your-mental-health

Last Updated: November 19, 2019
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Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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