Many of us feel lonely now and again, and it can be hard to cope with. Whether you’ve just moved house, a relationship has ended, or you cannot see your friends because of lockdown, it’s normal for people to feel isolated. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Social media can make people feel lonely, especially if they’re being bullied or see people leading ‘perfect’ lives. It can seem as though everyone is surrounded by those they love, and that they’re doing well in their lives. 

You might also start feeling lonely:

  • If you go to a new school, start university, or find a job.
  • If someone close to you has died or moved away.
  • If you are no longer in a relationship with or friends with someone who is important to you.
  • If you can’t do the things that you see other people doing.
  • If you are struggling with your gender identity or sexuality.
  • If you feel different from those around you or your friends.
  • If you are going through something that your friends cannot relate to.

It can be hard to cope with loneliness. In some circumstances, it can even affect your mental health. You might start to feel depressed, or have low self-esteem. 

If you struggle with your mental health, it can be hard to interact with people in the way that you’re used to. 

This can make you feel even more isolated. However, there are a few things you can do to feel better. 

How to Stop Feeling Lonely 

Whether you’re suffering from loneliness in Selby, Brayton, Barlby, or elsewhere, there are ways to stop feeling lonely. Here’s how: 

  • Do things you enjoy – Doing things you enjoy can help you to feel less alone. Be kind to yourself so you start to feel more confident. It is perfectly ok for you to spend time on yourself, doing what you love. 
  • Express how you’re feeling – Tell someone how you feel. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, keep a journal. This can help you to track your mood. You don’t have to keep a journal to express yourself, you could paint, draw, make something, or play sports. Do whatever it takes for you to express how you’re feeling in a safe way. 
  • Consider joining a club – Why not consider joining a club? You don’t need to be really good at something to give it a try. Join an online club if you wish to. Joining a club can help you to meet new people while you take up your new hobby. 

  • Consider volunteering – Volunteering is a great way to pick up new skills while meeting new people. 
  • Ask for help if you’re struggling – If you’re struggling with loneliness you could ask for help. Talk to someone you can trust such as a member of your family, or a friend. You might also want to consider talking to a teacher or a friend of your family. Did you know that your GP can also offer you support? 

Other Sources of Help

Childline: 0800 1111 (open 9am until midnight throughout the year)

The Mix: 0808 808 4994 (open 4pm until 11pm, every day)

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: Text YM to 85258 (open all day, every day)

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.