We all feel lonely at some point in our lives

Publish Date: 08/10/2013

We all feel lonely at some point in our lives, sometimes these feelings are fleeting, and sometimes they stay around until we feel our whole lives are consumed by isolation.  This could be due to having a mental illness, coming out of a relationship, bereavement, demanding work schedules or just simply finding the friends you have are moving in a different direction than you.

Whatever the reason, it’s really important that you seek support as soon as you are able to.  Without early help, feeling lonely can lead to depression, low confidence and feeling worthless.

Making and maintaining friendships and social networks can be really difficult for anybody, and it can be quite easy to feel like you’ve had enough.  In these times it can be the most secure and comforting option to lock the door, switch the TV on, and find yourself in yet another lonely and isolating situation. 

With poor mental health for example, long periods of suffering from anxiety and depression can make you feel like you have completely lost contact with friends, and, if you have no supportive family around, it’s little wonder that quite often peoples mental health declines.

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For World Mental Health Day (and any other days for that matter), we want to emphasise that building friendships and gaining support IS possible – and furthermore can help you cope with life’s ups and downs.

Social groups, befriending schemes, hobby based clubs and wellbeing organisations can all be accessed to improve confidence and help you socialise in safe and non-judgemental environments.  Even something simple like going for a walk can help your mood (this has been proven!). 

Even if you are really nervous about accessing them (no one likes to walk into a room full of strangers!), support staff and also other members of the group can help and welcome you.

It’s also important to remember that the first time to a social group won’t always be what you expect, and nerves can often get the better of us.  It’s easy to think you would rather be locked in your house watching TV again during these times – but STICK WITH IT!  Your second time at that group will hopefully be less nerve racking, and will be full of familiar faces…

Taking part, creating, meeting people, talking and listening, being part of something – these can all lead to feelings of value and can help with emotional resilience, whatever is going on in your life.  It’s challenging and sometimes it’s easier to isolate ourselves, but making the first big step of getting out there and getting support can mean that those darker days are a little lighter.

For more information about our befriending service, or our social and support groups, please email kate.hardy@lgf.org.uk or phone 0845 3 30 30 30.