The Statistics Canada 2011 Census “counted more one-person households (3,673,305) than couple households with children (3,524,915) for the first time”. This means that more people are learning to live alone. For most, this will involve luxuriating in the benefits of living alone (i.e. doing whatever you want, whenever and however you want) and also learning to manage some of the challenges – like loneliness.
While it is normal (and sometimes okay) to “periodically” feel lonely (and to be alone ), there are instances when prolonged feelings of loneliness (from the inability to connect with others in a meaningful way) and isolation (from real or self-imposed conditions) can start to negatively impact our health.
For anyone trying to manage loneliness, here are three (finance friendly) things worth trying:
- Learn more about managing loneliness! At the Discovery website Susan Sherwood Ph.D. offers ten options for better managing and staving off loneliness.
- Join or start a social group! Visit www.meetup.com to find a like-minded group to do an activity with. This website (and the groups hosted) caters to people of all ages and persuasions. There is a large pool of groups to choose from (i.e. foodies, travel, movies, language, karaoke, camping, tea, photography, etc.).
- Join or start a peer support group! Visit www.selfhelp.on.ca to find a peer support, or to learn how to start your own. In a peer support group you can meet and speak with people who are managing concerns similar to your own (.i.e. diabetes, depression, loneliness, social anxiety, death/loss, workplace stress, addictions, etc.).