Even though our world is more and more connected, individual people consistently report feeling more and more lonely.
We don’t like it, but we all feel it. At least sometimes.
There are many reasons why the struggle with loneliness has grown. We work remotely, fill our schedules to the gills, and zone out for hours in isolating activities like TV and scrolling through social media. We move frequently and avoid committing to communities or even RSVP’g to events.
But perhaps it is more helpful to ask ourselves what we can do about this phenomenon. How can we protect ourselves from feeling more and more lonely? How can we help those around us?
Intentionally connect with other people.
Have face-to-face, regular conversations with people. If you feel like someone is your friend or you care about someone, reach out on a regular basis for genuine conversation.
Reduce your time on social media.
Although we have the illusion of connectedness online, people feel more anxious, more depressed, and more lonely with the more time spent on social media. Just sign off. Call someone, or at least text them directly, instead.
Find a social hobby that you enjoy.
Sure, you might enjoy reading or doing puzzles. But find outlets where those hobbies -or others that are naturally social, like a sport -can be done with other people.
Be vulnerable with other people, and with God
It is a scary thing to admit our deep emotions with other people, but this is how relationships are built. Start with God himself – He already knows you are feeling angry, scared, or alone. Learn and practice how to put words to your emotions.