It is natural to feel lonely at times, especially during these times of “physical distancing“. Truth be told – no one has the social life they desire all the time. Friends can come and go. Relationships begin and end. When you feel alone, it can be challenging to connect with others. However, where there is a will, there IS a way. How committed are you to solving this challenge?
Bear in mind that when you have been at your most busy with others, you have likely craved more alone time. You may even be better off already than you think!!
Here are some ideas to help connect with others and reduce your sense of loneliness:
1. Give people your full attention.
Nothing is more complimentary than giving someone your full and undivided attention.
- Everyone is so distracted these days that few people can hold a decent conversation anymore. Give the person in front of you your full attention. They will love you for it.
2. Avoid being stingy with compliments.
Honest compliments are always appreciated. Everyone is susceptible to a sincere compliment. If you like someone’s smile, or sense of humor, tell them. You will make their day.
3. Find things you have in common.
Ultimately, we connect the best with those who are like ourselves. The more you have in common, the more likely you will enjoy spending time together. Find areas you have in common and focus on those.
4. Follow up.
Avoid letting the good ones get away. Get the contact information of anyone that interests you and stay in touch.
5. Show sincere interest.
Ask others about their lives. Show interest in the things that are important to them. It can be as simple as asking about their weekend or their loved ones.
- So many people are preoccupied with their own lives, you will stand out by showing an interest in someone else’s.
6. Meet more people.
Making new friends is a game of numbers. The more people you meet, the better your odds of success. There are many on-line groups and places to meet new people virtually during these times of physical isolation.
- There are many others in a similar situation. You just need find one another.
7. Enjoy the time you spend alone.
There are so many advantages to spending time by yourself. You can do whatever you want. It does not matter if you want to take a nap, go to the movies, sing in the shower, or give your dog a bath. It is entirely up to you.
- It is nice to have unlimited freedom to do whatever you like from time to time.
8. Investigate online options.
As mentioned above, there are plenty of ways to find people online. Whether you want a date, friend, workout buddy, or pen pal, it is all as close as your internet browser.
If you are feeling lonely, take comfort in the fact that many others feel the same way. There is no reason to feel alone if you do not want to be.
The responsibility to build your social life is your responsibility. There are plenty of options and the basics are simple. Be kind, show genuine interest in others, and meet as many people as you can. The rest is just details.
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