I'm feeling lonely

I feel isolated, like I'm missing out. It's like I'm not being invited to the party.

In The Moment

Feelings of lonliness often aren’t based in reality, and you can make a big change to this sensation by simply reaching out to someone and telling them how you feel.

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Wake Up!: Escaping a Life on Autopilot

According to Chris, 80% of our waking time is spent in autopilot – sounds like we should all probably do something about that.

 

In this handy book, you’ll find a huge variety of tips, tricks, activities and exercises designed to help you break out of autopilot, take more risks and harness control of your life.

 

Written by Chris Baréz Brown.

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The Struggle Bus Podcast

Best friends Kate and Sally discuss literally everything under the sun – mental health, work, fridges, spoons, scientology, the list goes on.

 

They also answer listener-submitted questions in every episode, which is a nice touch.

 

Podcasts are so insanely popular nowadays, that it’s easy to miss gems like this one – discover some more of our mood-boosting podcast favourites by heading to the resources section and searching for ‘podcast’.

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‘A Powerful Experiment’, by Amnesty International

A video demonstrating the importance of connection.

 

Amnesty beautifully show how connections between people can be formed simply by making eye contact. Be prepared to shed a tear, but a happy one.

 

You can mimic the video in your own time too – sit face to face with someone, and without talking stare into each other’s eyes for a while – we’d suggest between 5-10 minutes. This is a powerful way of truly experiencing connection, and can make a huge difference to your overall mood.

Do

Involve Yourself in Social Activities

You may feel like you don’t want to, but try to keep up with social activities.

 

Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel a lot better.

 

Check and see if there are local events or activities available near you that you could involve yourself in, via facebook groups, community blogs or local noticeboards. If that’s a step too far for you right now then go for a walk, do some exercise or do an activity solo, but try to do these in a place with other people around you – existing in spaces that are shared by other people can help you feel more connected and part of something, even if you’re not directly socialising with anyone straight away.

Talk

Rethink Mental Illness Charity

Rethink Mental Illness offer support and advice for people living with mental illness.

 

Phone: 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)