Loneliness is feeling like you do not have meaningful or close relationships or a sense of belonging.
You might feel disconnected or isolated from others. Maybe you haven’t seen your loved ones or friends in a while. You might feel as if nobody understands you and there is no one to turn to.
Many of us may experience loneliness at some time. Loneliness may affect your concentration, sleep, appetite, or energy.
- Start a conversation.
Talk to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
- Connect with others on social media.
Use your time online to connect and interact with others instead of scrolling through posts. Set limited timeframes for reading the news.
- Volunteer in your community.
Many organizations, including faith-based organizations, offer volunteer opportunities that can give you the chance to contribute to something that you find important.
- Be kind to yourself.
Be gentle with yourself. Take time for yourself. Read, listen to music, exercise, or learn a new skill. Acknowledge your successes and give yourself a break. You are doing the best you can.
- Learn more about ways to improve social connectedness.
Check out this CDC webpage for suggestions.
- Get help from a professional.
Talk to a health care provider about how you are feeling.
- Make an appointment with a counselor.
- Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.