14 small ways to feel less lonely

For days when the world feels helpless.

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  • 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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  • 6. Meet new people through meetup.com

  • If you feel like you don't have anyone in your life, change that! Sites like Meetup.com allows you to meet people who share similar interests.

  • 7. Focus on people

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  • Volunteer somewhere and focus on someone other than yourself. This is sometimes the most powerful cure of loneliness

  • 8. Be productive at work

  • "My job helps me a lot, too. It's a way to feel useful and productive and like a worthy member of society. The feeling of accomplishment is at least a good temporary cure for loneliness."

  • 9. Take a look at yourself

  • "Introspection, self analysis, change. Cyclical in that order."

  • 10. Listen or watch something really interesting

  • There is something so satisfying about learning something educational.

  • 11. Do yoga in the privacy of your home

  • Exercise releases those happy hormones that help you feel good, but when you're drowning in loneliness, motivating yourself to go on a good run is nearly impossible. Yoga gets you lightly moving in the privacy of your own room. Yoga with Adriene is a good place to start - she has tons of free videos, like this yoga for beginners below.

  • 12. Get off social media

  • Looking at gorgeous photos of your friends traveling the world or falling in love or always having fun only fuels those lonely feelings. Even if you know those are only shallow views of everyone's life, it's hard not to get caught up in it all. Set a goal to put your phone away for a few days and spend that time doing something you never get around to (like reading a book)!

  • 13. Clean your room

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  • It gets you moving, and somehow life just feels so much calmer when your room is beautifully organized.

  • 14. Pick something you want to learn and take an online course

  • Want to learn something academic like physics, CIT or Art? Khan academy offers all of these classes for free. More interested in something like hand lettering? YouTube offers it all.

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Amberlee is the content manager for FamilyShare.com and earned a degree in journalism. She creates beautiful things with her experience in writing, graphic design, photography, video and music. She loves her family, the outdoors, baby foxes and podcasts.

Website: https://amberleepeterson.com/

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