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 Bar├ęz 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.

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Start a Conversation with a Stranger

It can be pretty scary trying to start a conversation with a stranger, but it’s worth the worry.

 

So try it out – next time you’re at the shop, or waiting for a bus, say hello to someone new. Ask them how they are, or maybe make a classically-English remark about the weather.

 

The idea of this is to feel more connected to other people. Every time we have a conversation, big or small, it reminds us that we all share the same world.

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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)