Can you Plan Your Way Out of Loneliness and Social Isolation? Counseling in Portsmouth
Many people who experience social isolation and / or loneliness report that it snuck up on them. They didn’t just wake up one day to realize that they didn’t significant relationships in their lives, or that they did have significant relationships but they weren’t as fulfilling as they once were. It happened over time. The problem is that once they realized what had happened, they felt stuck.
It’s normal to feel stuck
In fact, this feeling of being stuck is a common one. With something so big to deal with it can feel impossible to know where to start. It can feel impossible to change. Especially if it’s the first time you’ve ever been in this position.
Figuring out a simple plan may be the first step
There are many reasons people feel lonely. Some people have dealt with a death that shook them to their core. Others have simply moved to a new location and they don’t know anyone. Others are clinically depressed. Regardless of the reason for your loneliness, the first step may be to make a plan.
Take a moment to think about what you think makes you feel so lonely. For example, some people may have friendships but not have a friendship with anyone who shares their greatest passion. A simple plan could be to find people who share that passion. If their passion is writing perhaps they’ll find an informal writing group to get involved in.
Stick with the plan
It doesn’t matter what your plan is – that’s up to you to decide – but it does matter that you follow through. If you do the research to figure out how you can get out of your home, and out of your head, long enough to build some new relationships then you must also take the action to do it.
It’s not always that simple
For some people, simply breaking the loneliness cycle may be enough. For others, speaking to a trained professional may unearth the core reasons for their loneliness. Thriveworks Portsmouth Counseling & Coaching is here to help you explore the reasons for your current state – and to help you find solutions.