Beat loneliness with BACON!
The first thing that we must understand is that being alone is not the same as being lonely. We all need a little alone-time to relax, reorganize, reenergize, and reflect. But sometimes we do feel lonely. Often we can feel lonely and left-out in the middle of a crowd. It is times like these that depression and anxiety can creep in and make it tougher and tougher to feel like you fit in.
You can beat loneliness with BACON...
B - Be Kind to yourself and others
Start by loving yourself and not knocking yourself down. When you say negative things about yourself, you slowly start believing them, and making those thoughts a reality.
Sharing happiness brings you happiness. Start making other people smile and it'll be even easier for you to start smiling.
A - Avoid Negative Social Media
Steer clear of the doom and gloom. Beware of the braggers. You don't have to live up to the filtered reality of someone else's post. Instead find "POSITIVE" Posts about gratitude, humility, beauty, and happiness. There is enough negativity in the world already. Why purposely subject yourself to more?
C - Call some old friends
Reach out to some people that you haven’t spoken to in a while, they miss you too! Here's a fun game to play: Open the CONTACTS on your phone swipe up and quickly scroll though the list a random number of times. It's like plating o a slot machine. When and wherever it stops, count down 5 names and call that person. Tell them that you called just to say, "Hello!" Make the conversation all about them and make their day!
O - Open the windows
Sometimes, sunshine and fresh air can make all the difference. Air out the house, let in the sunshines, and breath in the fresh air! Our homes have been locked up pretty tight for too long! Enjoy whatever weather Mother Nature is serving today!
But opening the windows is not just about your home. It's about you too! Open up to someone and tell them what you need. Let them open up to you too. Whatever it takes, ge the conversation going!
N - Normalize Alone-Time
Remember, Being Alone is not the same as Being Lonely! Get comfortable with yourself; comfortable being alone. Go outside and feel free to take a walk by yourself. Go to dinner or a movie, by yourself. If you can't enjoy your own company, how can you expect others to?
When you see someone all alone, give them a nod, a wave, say, "Hello!" Let them know that they are never really alone and give the the opportunity to reach out if they just need to see a smiling face.