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Overcoming loneliness – the ability to build meaningful relationships

Loneliness is a universal human experience that can be difficult to deal with. It is not uncommon for people to have difficulty building meaningful relationships and avoiding feelings of isolation. Loneliness is often a problem for people with experience of emigration, where building new and meaningful relationships can be an even greater challenge. Healthy relationships based on reciprocity and support are a normal human need and contribute to better mental health. So how to take care of this area of life?

First, it is important to understand that loneliness is not the same as being lonely. You can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely if you don't have a sense of connection or community. Building meaningful relationships can be challenging, but it is essential to our well-being. Valuable relationships provide a sense of belonging, purpose, and support that are essential to our emotional and physical health.

Here are some strategies for building meaningful relationships and avoiding loneliness:

Identify your Values and Interests

Start by identifying your values and interests. What do you care about? What brings you joy? By getting to know yourself and your passions, you'll be better equipped to find like-minded people who share your interests.

Join the Community Group

Social groups are a great way to meet new people who share similar values and interests. Whether it's a sports team, a volunteer group, or a book club, there are many opportunities to connect with others and build meaningful relationships.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community and meet new people. By working with others to help those in need, you will build a sense of purpose and connection that may be difficult to find elsewhere.

Practice Active Listening

When meeting new people, be sure to practice active listening. This means paying attention to what the other person is saying, asking questions, and responding with empathy. By showing genuine interest in others, you will be more likely to build valuable relationships.

Seek Professional Help

For those struggling with loneliness, professional help can be the first step to overcoming isolation. Talking to a psychologist can provide a safe and supportive space to explore your feelings and develop strategies to build meaningful relationships.

"Good relationships make us happier and healthier. Loneliness kills. It is as harmful as smoking or alcoholism"

Working with a psychologist can help you learn how to be in a relationship with another person. A psychologist is a qualified specialist who can help you develop social skills, look at and understand what makes your existing relationships unsatisfactory and what blocks you from feeling satisfied with your relationships with other people.

In summary, building meaningful relationships and avoiding loneliness is important for our emotional and physical health. By identifying your values and interests, joining social groups, volunteering, practicing active listening, and possibly seeking professional help, you can improve your relationships and overcome feelings of loneliness.

 

Source:

American Psychological Association. (2021). Building social connections to combat loneliness. https://www.apa.org/topics/loneliness/social-connections

Cacioppo, J. T., & Hawkley, L. C. (2009). Perceived social isolation and cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(10), 447-454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2009.06.005

Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., Baker, M., Harris, T., & Stephenson, D. (2015). Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: A meta-analytic review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 227-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691614568352

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