It’s natural to feel lonely at times. No one has the social life they desire all of the time. Friends come and go. Relationships begin and end. When you’re alone, it can be the most challenging to connect with others. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. How committed are you to solving this challenge?
And keep in mind that when you’ve been at your most busy with others, you’ve probably craved more alone time. You might already be better off than you realize!
Try these techniques to connect with others and reduce your loneliness:
Enjoy your own company.
First, let’s think about the time you’re spending by yourself. There are a lot of advantages to spending time by yourself. You can do whatever you want–take a nap, go to the movies, sing in the shower, or give your dog a bath. It’s entirely up to you.
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Give others your full attention.
Nothing is more complimentary than giving someone your full and undivided attention. We’re all so distracted that few people can hold a decent conversation anymore. Give the person in front of you your full attention. They’ll appreciate you for it.
Honest compliments are always appreciated. Everyone is susceptible to a sincere compliment. If you like someone’s shoes, smile, or sense of humor, tell them. You’ll really make their day.
Determine what you have in common.
Ultimately, we connect best with those similar to ourselves. The more you have in common, the more likely you’ll enjoy spending time together. Find areas you have in common and focus on those.
Avoid letting the good ones get away. Get the contact information of anyone that interests you and stay in touch.
You might have to be the one that steps up and says, “Hey, want to have dinner on Thursday?” It can be hard to find a potential friend, so keep in touch with the best possibilities.
Show genuine interest.
Ask others about their lives. Show interest in the things that are important to them. It can be as simple as asking about their weekend or family.
So many people are preoccupied with their own lives, you’ll stand out by showing an interest in someone else’s.
Meet new people.
Finding a new friend or romantic partner is a game of numbers. The more people you meet, the better your odds of success. Get out of the house and meet as many people as you can.
There are many others in a similar situation. You just have to find each other.
Meet others online.
If possible, try to create relationships that involve face-to-face contact in real life. A strictly online relationship isn’t the same thing, but can be nice, too.
If you’re feeling lonely, take solace that many others feel the same way. There’s no reason to be alone if you don’t want to be.
The responsibility to rebuild your social life is your responsibility. There are plenty of options and the basics are simple. Be kind, show genuine interest in others, and meet as many people as you can. The rest is just details.