The world is growing faster than experts predicted – there are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and an increased number of them are more isolated and depressed than ever. Loneliness and rejection are emerging problems right now and are even considered borderline disorders. As humans, we’re social animals, which means we all need a place to belong. Sadly, more and more people are feeling lonely and it’s spreading like an epidemic.
Loneliness is pretty dangerous as well. According to experts, it can increase our risk of premature death by about 30%, which is pretty serious. In order to reduce the risk, all we need to do is overcome it and get more connected to others. Easier said than done, really, but if you try, you’ll see there’s nothing humans can’t accomplish.
Here are 5 simple ways to overcome loneliness:
Learn More About Yourself
If you learn how to enjoy your own company, you wouldn’t feel so lonely anymore. This will also help you connect with others more easily – it beats the alternative of connecting with people out of desperation. Learn how to love yourself, and you’ll learn how to love company. If you don’t you’ll feel forever alone even in a room with hundreds of people.
Join Groups with Similar Interests
One of the first things you can do to overcome loneliness is to join a group of people with similar interests to your own. If you love drawing, join a group of amateur artists. If you love photography, sign up for a local photography course. Connecting with like-minded people will make you feel less lonely and ease your transition from a lonely to a social being.
Meet Someone New
The easiest way to defeat loneliness is meeting someone new. Talk to the new girl at the grocery store and make it into a habit. Having a nightcap at the bar? Talk to that lone girl in the corner. This will help you connect with someone anywhere you go and overcome loneliness at the same time.
Ditch the Smartphone and Get to Know the Real World
Connecting with someone online is easy, but it doesn’t offer the satisfaction of meeting someone face to face. Can you hug a person online? Can you feel their energy? No, you just can’t connect emotionally with a computer. Limit your use of tech to only a few hours per day – it can be hard in the beginning, but you’ll get the hang of it in a week or two. This will help you reach out to others and hopefully defeat loneliness.
Get Involved in Activities You Enjoy
Although joining a group of people with similar interests can help you, you can avoid it and still get socially connected. Just get involved in activities you enjoy and you’ll most likely find people with the same interests. If you’re into cycling, you’ll certainly meet fellow riders along the way. If you’re into swimming, you’ll meet new people at the pool and hopefully strike a conversation. Go to the gym, and you’ll most likely meet other gym enthusiasts you can talk to. Over time, it will help you overcome your fear of meeting new people and help you overcome loneliness.