Tips For Coping With Loneliness


Here are some specific things you can do to cope with loneliness?

  • Direct your thinking outward to others rather than thinking excessively about self.
  • Determine that you can control your own attitudes and emotions.  Ask God for His Spirit of love and joy (Galatians 5:22).
  • Be friendly! Smile! Laugh! Positive actions and emotions are contagious and will encourage others to want to be around you (Proverbs 18:24).
  • Go to church and church activities and fellowship with others.  Consider their needs and try to encourage and uplift them (Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 John 1:3).
  • Participate in various activities.  Be involved with others.
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter.  A dog or cat will love you unconditionally!
  • Volunteer your service to others.  There are various volunteer programs at hospitals, schools and libraries.  Consider visiting a nursing home to cheer up the patients.  You will soon have a different perspective about loneliness.
  • Learn new things.  Develop a new hobby.  Expand your interests.  Engage in conversations with others about current events and common interests.
  • Use technology to be in touch.  When used properly, the internet can be an amazing blessing for communication and interaction with others.  E-mail, Facebook and Twitter can be fun!
  • Establish a circle of friends that you talk to on the phone. Include people who may also be in lonely situations.  Make it your mission to help them.
  • Ask your church pastor about shut-ins or those who could use extra encouragement.  Every day you can help brighten someone else’s day, and your day will be brightened too!
  • If you have deep loneliness and depression that you can’t pull out of, please seek help through counseling.

Taken From:  Bible Study Guides/Coping with Loneliness.