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Loneliness is a common experience. We can experience it even when surrounded by people. Although our modern world has a number of ways to keep in touch, without genuine connection and understanding, we can all feel lonely. Many of my clients ask me how to deal with loneliness.
Causes of Loneliness
Loneliness can be a symptom or result of other problems. Relationship difficulties, social phobias or issues like depression can all be linked to loneliness. Social anxiety can stand in the way of making connections with people, however much you may want to. Those who suffer with complex mental health issues such as anxiety or depression may find it difficult to connect with people. Not everyone understands such issues.
For others, loneliness comes after a change in circumstances or loss of an existing social circle. Examples include bereavement, moving house or changing jobs.
Symptoms of Loneliness
Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, misunderstood, disconnected and isolated. These feelings can lead to depression, stress, anxiety, social isolation, sleep issues, disengagement, and low self esteem If we figure out how to deal with loneliness, other symptoms may be relived.
Tips to Overcome Loneliness
Seek like-minded people
You could try joining a group of like-minded people such as a carer’s forum, hobby group or new class. There are many societies which offer companionship and social opportunities. Search for one that seems right to you.
You can explore peer support services, volunteering or online groups.
Work on openness and communication
Working on your ability to open up and trust people may help you build new relationships. Perhaps take a look at your communication skills.
Explore the cause of your loneliness in therapy
Finding the root cause of your loneliness can help you overcome it. Sometimes the causes are clear and simple and all we need is an action plan to get back on track. Other times the causes are deep rooted and complex and it’s by addressing these that the feelings of loneliness can be overcome.
Build confidence and self-esteem
It can be easy to look at other people, especially online, and think that everyone else is happy all the time. The truth is most people feel lonely sometimes. Avoid comparing yourself to others too much, Work on building your own self-esteem, confidence and authenticity.
How I Can Help With Loneliness
I help many clients overcome loneliness and the surrounding issues. A life coaching session can help you take stock of your situation and make a practical plan to move forward. We can explore ideas for progress and take action.
A hypnotherapy session could help you explore the causes of your loneliness. Together we can release the blocks which are causing you to feel lonely. We can explore issues of self-confidence, social anxiety, depression or anything else which might be related. Often, starting from within, is the most powerful way to change your outward situation.
Online Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching
For those unable to make it into my London hypnotherapy clinic, I am able to offer hypnotherapy online. This is the ideal way to access my services from the comfort of your own home. Click here to read more about online hypnotherapy.
Would you like to learn more about how I can help you deal with loneliness? Or make an appointment for a free, no-obligation appointment? Please do get in touch today.