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14 small ways to feel less lonely

For days when the world feels helpless.

14 small ways to feel less lonely

For days when the world feels helpless.
  • Even if friends and family surround you, you can't escape it. Everyone experiences loneliness - the worst type of emptiness. On days when your loneliness is about to consume you, try these 14 things that other fellow lonely people use to deal with those overwhelming feelings.

  • 1. Have a pet

  • "I feel so much less lonely when I have my dog with me. Having a pet is also a good way to have a 'special' relationship with something, by which I mean sometimes when you want to feel like the most important person in the world to someone ... you're definitely the most important person to your pet."

  • 2. Write a thank you note

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  • This sounds cutesy, but when you're grateful, you'll find life isn't quite so lonely.

  • 3. Help the community

  • "It helps when I do community service of some kind ... Most places I work at have an online calendar of events, so I will check it out online and sign up. (I really love my local United Way & St Vincent De Paul.) Time is really valuable to people and organizations, and giving some is easy for me."

  • 4. Turn off the lights and take a candlelit shower

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  • Sounds strange, but it is extremely calming.

  • 5. Force yourself to have hobbies

  • "Hobbies is definitely a recommended 'cure'. Something to keep you busy and make you feel fulfilled. Some days going to work I'd such a good feeling (ironically) it keeps me feeling alive and breathing. Instead of just 'being', sitting there breathing, not feeling, might as well be not existing, I'm creating. I'm installing electric to homes and equipment, I'm getting things done, and getting paid! It's hard. To get out of the funk but once you up and doing, you can get into a good swing."

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