How to Overcome the Fear of Loneliness
In every person's life there will be periods of loneliness. Some people fear being alone for various reasons, but often these times can teach us a lot about ourselves and who we want to be. Here are six tips for overcoming the fear of being alone:
1. Find an Activity
Find an activity that you enjoy and where you can meet a lot of people. Doing something that you like to do will make you happy and will increase your chances of making friends.
2. Spend Time with Animals
Spending time with an animal or pet can help us to feel better. Animals can be of good company to all of us whether we are alone or not. If you can't adopt yourself, there are many local shelters and organisations that would appreciate your help!
3. Help Others
There are many people out there who could benefit from your time and skill-sets. Helping others can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment and also can lead to new friendships. Check to see if there are any volunteering groups in your area.
4. Be Constructive
Sitting around and doing nothing will not make things any better. Take it one day at a time, but don't give up. Stay committed to trying to build connections.
5. Remember Things Can Change
Nothing remains the same forever. No one can predict the future with 100% accuracy. Events change all of the time. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you.
6. Realise You're Not Alone
Remember that everyone deals with loneliness sometime in their life. Realise that it's normal to feel like way. Focus on your life and don’t compare yourself to others.
Stan Popovich is the author of 'A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods'. For additional information go to: managingfear.com