Joining clubs, reaching out to friends, and attending therapy are all going to helpful, when it comes to dealing with loneliness. But don’t forget to focus on yourself, too.
“Loneliness isn’t always a sign that it’s time to make a connection with others,” Brittany A Johnson, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor, tells Bustle. “In fact, it is often a sign that you need to practice self-care and refill or refuel yourself.”
Consider spending some time doing exactly what you need to do, even if it isn’t social. Have you been skipping out on a hobby that means a lot to you, or have you been working too hard? Making an effort to slow down may be just what you need to do in order to reconnect with yourself, which in turn will make it even easier to connect with others.
Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher MA, CAGS, LMHC, psychotherapist and owner of Polaris Counseling & Consulting
Bridget Bertrand, MA, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist
Melanie Gonzalez, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist
Kim Egel, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist
Natalie Mica, MED, LPC, CART, CDWF, licensed professional counselor
Vinay Saranga, MD, psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatrist
Brittany A Johnson, LMHC, licensed mental health counselor