According to a study published at the Psychology Bulletin in 2013, more than 170,000 people, the average adult’s network of friends and colleagues have shrunk over the past 3 decades. It’s no wonder many people feel lonelier than ever. To help you tackle loneliness, here are 10 things that can be tried
- Play Rummy Games
- Go on a Solo Date
When you go on a date with yourself, you’re sure to go somewhere you actually like and you don’t have to wait around for others to decide. So it’s totally cool to not participate in a group or couple date.
- Join Meetup Groups
There are tons of meetup groups catering to every interest, job, city and hobby, so it’s impossible not to find a group to your liking. People who join meetup.com are eager to meet new people, and are incredibly friendly so it’s a nice way to make new friends.
- Watch a Chick-Flick, or a Super Hero Movie
Watch a movie alone or call some friends to go with you—it doesn’t matter. What’s important is you immerse yourself in an interesting story that’ll erase your gloomy thoughts.
Centering on the needs of others steers your mind away from sad thoughts. It’s impossible to feel lonely when you’re feeding the homeless, reading to kids at an orphanage, or dancing with grandmas at a salsa class.
- Adopt a Pet
A fluffy cat or dog will cheer you up. The playfulness of pets, plus the troubles (and fun) you’ll experience while training them will make you forget about your troubles. Even a fish or pretty parrot can do wonders for your mood.
- Read Fiction
Read a good novel instead. Losing yourself in a good story or identifying with a powerful character will boost your confidence and fill you with a sense of adventure.
- Take a Random Train, Bus or Flight Off to Any Random Location
Taking public transportation to a random location forces you to do two things—be in the company of strangers, and change your environment. Doing this will ward off loneliness and ease your mind, body and soul.
Sometimes, we feel lonely because we’re actually alone. So take this chance to do the things you can only do when you’re alone, like dancing or jumping on the bed with your shoes on. Doing crazy stuff alone will give you a good laugh.
- Go for a Run
Running is scientifically proven to make you happier. Even 30 minutes of walking can instantly lift your mood.