Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Loneliness is a pervasive worldwide issue. No country or culture is immune. While mental health professionals wrestle with how to address it, private organizations and businesses are taking charge by bringing forth creative solutions. From raising chickens to sitting on park benches, innovators are thinking outside the box to get us socializing again. We can apply this creativity to our own lives. First, we need to reframe our thinking about what loneliness means then we must find a bit of imagination and bravery to try something new with someone new. 

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How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

When we think of our social wellbeing we naturally think of our closest friendships. But they don’t fully encompass the entirety of our social circle. Acquaintances, too, have a place in our lives. Our interactions with them, which may seem inconsequential, can actually help us feel like we have a broader and more diverse social network. They can also help us expand our connections for finding new career opportunities, hidden resources, or even other new friendships. Within this post, I share five ways to get more acquainted with acquaintances in your life

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Screen Addiction is Slowly Killing Us and Our Relationships

Screen Addiction is Slowly Killing Us and Our Relationships

There is no denying that we are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. While technology is infinitely useful, it also comes with a dark side. Our increased screen usage is becoming addictive and that’s impacting our mental health and social bonds. We can take steps, however, to wrestle back our autonomy by choosing where to put our time and attention. Contained within are practical suggestions to help change our habits so technology remains our servant not our master.

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Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness is a condition, not a state of mind. All too often people feel shame about it without recognizing the enormous cultural changes that are now impacting how we socially relate to one another. Improving our own social engagement comes about first from making a decision to do so. Then creating a personal communication plan, taking deliberate action, and cultivating an expectant attitude of successful outcomes.

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Why Social Health is a Vital Component to Overall Health

Why Social Health is a Vital Component to Overall Health

Social health is a misunderstood but important component of one’s overall wellbeing. Having friends and confidants isn’t just nice to have, it can make the difference between life and death. Plenty of data proves out the effects of companionship and social vitality (or lack thereof) on our biology. But our own joyous experience of feeling truly connected with others is the only evidence we need.

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3 Actionable Steps to Confidently Start a Conversation

3 Actionable Steps to Confidently Start a Conversation

Loneliness and social isolation are growing worldwide but common advice on how to solve it doesn’t account for our unique circumstances or dispositions. To end loneliness it requires engaging with others in person or IRL but we must first develop a social action plan that plays to our strengths and comforts. Through proper preparation, social engagement like first conversations can be more successful and rewarding.

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