TAKING A NEW LOOK AT LONELINESS
UNDERSTAND YOUR SITUATION
Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint the reasons why you feel lonely. Use our handy worksheet to identify the people, conversations and activities which help you feel connected whilst also recognizing those which don't.
START SMALL, ACHIEVE BIG
Test out one small change to your daily routine based on something you've identified in from your Lonely Day worksheet by the end of the week. Sometimes all it takes is a small step in the right direction to build up your confidence.
REACH OUT WITH KINDNESS
Complete one small act of kindness for someone you know or a stranger. It doesn't have to be big, it can be as simple as writing them a short note wishing them a pleasant day. Expect nothing in return and enjoy the feeling that you've spread some good will in the world.
TAKE A LEAP
Select a slightly more challenging change to your daily routine from your Lonely Day worksheet. Is this trying to spend more time with someone who makes you smile? Or perhaps writing a list of all the new things you'd like to try and researching how to start doing them?
It can be easy to talk down an achievement because it doesn't necessarily look like a 'traditional' indicator of success. But feel proud that you're taken the first step towards understanding why you feel lonely and looking at new ways to change your situation. Write yourself a note reminding yourself of what you've done, stick it up as a daily reminder and keep thinking about small ways every day that you can implement changes from your Lonely Day worksheet.
Take as long as you like to try out the suggestions above - everyone's situation is different so some of our tips might not feel right for you at this time.
Whilst you're waiting to start Neighbourhood don't forget we're just one way to help you connect with others and there are so many fantastic local organizations out there dedicated to helping seniors get the contact and support they need. We want to make sure everyone finds connections and new experiences in a way that works for them and will always recommend that your online time with Neighbourhood with some real life human contact at a local community centre.
Why not search online to see what's available for you in your area? We look forward to seeing you again soon.
The Neighbourhood Team
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