Top tips for tackling loneliness by Melissa
Identifying that you’re lonely can be difficult. I often struggled to find similarities between me and other people. I found I was lonely when I supposedly had everything. This is what helped me.
I became really interested in reading a few years ago. I found understanding, then I felt less lonely. “He gets it,” I thought. I’m not alone.
When I was volunteering I had the freedom to think clearly. I could express myself. I found myself.
I identified negative relationships and acknowledged their impact on my sense of loneliness. With this new awareness, I began forming positive connections.
Be curious and open to new connections. I always hoped I would find people like me. In being open, I connected with people who reflected what I did. I found community.
If that’s not doing what everyone else seems to be doing, so be it. You’ll find your way. Have confidence and be true to yourself.
Sport has given me so much happiness. I feel like I’m part of something. When I’m supporting the football team I love, I feel connected. I’m part of the family.
When you are ready, help others. It’s important for me to give back. I just want to help people.
After completing the Great North Run for a military charity, I looked up in the train station on the way home and there was a soldier smiling. We had something in common. Mutual respect.