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Don’t Let Loneliness Stop You From Life

July 16, 2009
By Jamie Probst, MSW

Loneliness and a stale social life are two common issues that can affect anyone at any age, and at any point in their lives.

As common as these issues may be, we often seem to be at a loss as to what to do about them.

Fortunately, possible solutions may be much simpler than we think. We humans are creatures of habit, and most of us prefer to keep a consistent routine each week. Although our routine may be comfortable, it can keep us locked in a pattern that is unhelpful for our overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

If you find yourself experiencing this, try something different.

Someone once told me that if you want to meet new people and break out of your box, accept any social invitation that comes your way, even to events and outings that you’re really not particularly interested in. By doing so we can maximize our contact with other people, diminishing our real and perceived social isolation and exposing us to activities that may normally be outside of what we typically experience.

Why do we repeat the same actions each day, expecting that at some point we will discover a different outcome?

There is a bumper sticker that I have seen several times in the past that I feel really sums up how we can realize change in our life: "To get something you’ve never had, you will have to do something you have never done.”

Don’t be happy with what you have simply because it’s what is comfortable. Seek out what your heart desires, and grab it with both hands.



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