Many of us deal with loneliness. It isn’t something new or surprising. But there are not many ways which tell us how to get out of loneliness. According to the ONS- Office for National Statistics, 5 % of the adults in England feel lonely more often and always.
It is not just the elderly who feel lonely, but the young adults (16- 24 years old) also deal with constant state of loneliness. It is much popular in women, single people, widows, renters and those with poor health. You will be surprised to know that half of the Britons socialise with their family and friends just once a month.
Helping a friend or a partner who is lonely is a huge task. You have to be sensitive when you try helping them. Do not make suggestions like, “You should go out more often”, “Why don’t you join a club?”, “Try doing what you like, you will better naturally.”
These sort of suggestions might hurt the person. It isn’t easy to get out of depression, and the pangs of loneliness. Instead try asking them what you can do to make them feel better, and just try to be a good listener and let them talk. It will give them a chance to vent out.
You can also help, when you ask them what they would like to do or what their hobby is. And you guys could do things together. Loneliness becomes unconquerable when the person is always alone. You could set coffee dates with the person, or book tickets to their sort of movies, or go to the gym together. Just get them involved.
Very few people can recognise the feeling of being lonely and then admit it to their friends, loved ones and family. But it is easy to find out if a person is lonely or not. Just try talking to them.