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Loneliness is something everybody feels
While loneliness is a really common feeling, there are some myths about what loneliness is and how to cope with loneliness. For example:
MYTH: Being alone and feeling lonely are the same thing.
FACT: You can be in a room full of people and still feel lonely. Being alone can be enjoyable for some people and they don’t feel lonely at all.
MYTH: Loneliness is just sadness.
FACT: Loneliness can be a complex and painful feeling - it’s more than just feeling sad. It can bring up other strong feelings inside us that are sometimes hard to deal with.
MYTH: Loneliness is something you learn to live with.
FACT: Loneliness will usually pass on its own. However, feeling lonely all the time could be a sign that you need extra support.
What happens when you feel lonely?
What you can do to cope with loneliness
It’s hard to shake the feeling of loneliness sometimes, especially if you’ve been feeling this way for a while.
Here’s some things that might help you cope and move past it:
Get out and about in public
Spend time with animals
Find an online group you can connect with
Volunteer or join a community group
Try a new or different activity
Have a conversation with someone you haven't spoken to before
Take it day by day and focus on the present instead of the past or future
Express how you feel – try sports, journaling, or art
Talk to somebody you trust about how you’re feeling
Take your mind off it for a while by doing something fun
Keep doing the things you enjoy instead of withdrawing
Rather than trying to escape the feeling, accept that it’s there
No matter how lonely you feel, you’re never alone. Kids Helpline is always here to listen and support you.
There’s always somebody you can talk to
If you’re feeling lonely and not sure what to do, talk with a counsellor.
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