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7 Ways to Stop Feeling so Lonely ...

By Holly

Everyone will have moments where they feel abandoned, but there are ways to stop feeling so lonely. You should never bask in your depression. You have to change your life for the better, because no one is going to do it for you. If you're upset with your situation, here are a few ways to stop feeling so lonely.

1 Get out There

When your friends go out to dinner, do you decline because you don't know everyone invited? Do you lock yourself in your room when company arrives? One of the best ways to stop feeling so lonely is to stop isolating yourself. Don't hide away because you're nervous, or because you think no one wants you around. You have to get out there and live life. Be brave and you'll be rewarded.

2 Tiny Tasks

If you're low on groceries, don't wait for your roommate to purchase them. Grab the list and head to the store yourself. Little things like weaving through people in the fruit aisle and chatting with a cashier can help you feel like a part of the world. When you're involved in activities that require associating with people, you're all connected in a way. You're probably not going to meet your new best friend, but you're going to see that there are dozens of other people in your town that have the same chores as you do.

3 Get a Job

Money and experience are the primary reasons why people get jobs. However, there are social benefits as well. When you work with the same people day after day, you get to know them. Some coworkers will become good friends that you'll speak to even when you're not forced to do so. You won't love all of your coworkers, but they'll all feel like your family.

4 Phone a Friend

Even when you have your phone in your hand, busily texting your friends, you can feel alone. There's a simple way to solve this issue, and it doesn't even involve putting down your cell. Just use your phone for its original purpose. Instead of texting, call up your friends or family members. It's way more satisfying to hear a genuine laugh instead of seeing dozens of 'lols' and emoticons.

5 Saved by Song

Music heals everything. If you feel like no one understands you, put on your favorite album. There are songs that talk about every topic under the sun. You might have to do a little searching, but you'll eventually find something that fits your situation. Once you do, the lyrics will help you realize that even celebrities have dealt with the same issues that plague your life. We're all more similar than you would think.

6 Always Online

Your parents always warned you about talking to strangers online, but the times are changing. As long as you don't give out your personal information, there's no harm in chatting with people who share similar interests. If none of your friends like your favorite television show, you have to discuss it with someone. There are millions of people online who love to express their opinion. All you have to do is find the website or forum that appeals to you.

7 Don't Walk Away

If someone tries to start a conversation with you, don't find a way to escape from them. If your friend texts you, make sure you respond. Try not to give one word answers, either. When a conversation trails off, think of a way to keep it going. The longer you talk to someone, the more you'll get to know them. If you have the time to chat, you might as well do so.

Don't let your loneliness get the best of you. By doing a few of these simple things, you'll feel like you belong. What do you do when you feel alone?

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