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Kick Loneliness to the Curb With These Methods

By Brandi Goodman

Mental health can quickly go downhill when you're feeling lonely and isolated. It's hard to feel cheerful and joyous when you have no one to turn to in times of need nor someone to share your good news. With a few methods, you can help improve your mental well-being as you kick loneliness to the curb.

Reach Out to Friends or Family

If you have friends and family who care for you, don't be afraid to reach out to them. Even if you haven't had time for one another lately, it's OK to reach out now and let them know you're struggling. You also don't have to reveal how you're feeling if you aren't comfortable doing so. Simply say you're in need of some friend or family time and make a plan to hang out as soon as possible. Even a phone conversation can do wonders.

Join an Online Group

Online groups are everywhere. You can log onto Facebook or other social media sites and find groups dedicated to all sorts of activities, awareness, and support. Finding a group of like-minded people to talk to can really help you feel like you're part of something. You may find new friends you otherwise wouldn't have met in person since people tend to be from all over in these groups.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great option when you want to feel like you're part of something special. You won't be alone when you're surrounded by other volunteers and those who require some companionships or help. Find volunteer opportunities in your city and try out a few until you find the best fit. 

Attend Local Events

Even if you don't want to volunteer at the events around your town, you can still attend them. It can feel good just to get out of the house and surround yourself with people. You may even run into someone you know you can chat with, or strike up a conversation waiting in line. 

Get a Pet

Perhaps you aren't ready to be around people. That's OK. How about a pet instead? Pets make great companions. You don't have to feel embarrassed opening up to them. You can simply sit with them and share your feelings without having to feel judged or get negative feedback. Pets are sometimes the perfect friend. You'll also have someone to care for that can help fill your days with purpose.

Loneliness can impact both your physical and mental well-being. Do what you can to kick it to the curb and keep yourself feeling friendly, supported, and hopefully loved. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rock Hill, S.C.

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