Feeling Lonely? You're Not Alone

Feeling lonely is becoming more and more common. Even in this digital age of online friendships and connections,  one in four Australians report feeling lonely each week,

It is also felt across all ages and demographics, a third of the UK’s elderly are affected by it, and a survey by Action for Children found that 43% of 17-25-year-old's who used their service had experienced problems with loneliness.

It is no wonder we are feeling lonely, modern life allows us to sit inside our private squares. Many work from home, get groceries delivered groceries and technology has replaced human interaction with computers. The traditional community is rapidly changing.

If you are feeling lonely here are tips to get you back to feeling connected:

  Small Talk: Head to the local shops or library and engage in some small talk about the weather, news or sports results. You may make someone elses day by striking up a conversation.   Join a Group: If you have a special interest then chances are there is a local group that share the same interest. From community centres to local libraries there are many groups available for new members. Find one that piques your interest and pop along for a session. It is a great way to connect with like minded people face to face.   Seek Support: Talk to your local GP about your feelings or consider seeing a counsellor about your situation. They can provide practical tips and guidance to resolve the feelings and treat any underlying causes such as anxiety.   Spend Time in Nature: Getting out into nature has many health benefits and can improves both mental and physical health. Take a walk in the park, a swim in the ocean or spend time gardening. You will feel much calmer and positive and may find someone to talk to.