How Not to Be Alone

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The demands of modern life and the reduced need for face-to-face interaction due to modern technology have left many people feeling left out and isolated. Do you feel that way? Here are some steps to help you stop feeling lonely.
Get Comfortable Being Alone
Enjoy your own company. Take time out to get to know yourself better. Write a journal and chart your thoughts and feelings when you are feeling lonely. Take yourself out on dates, be it for a dinner at a nice restaurant or a movie that you’ve been waiting to see. Once you are comfortable with your own company, other people are more likely to enjoy spending time with you as well.
Get Animal Companionship
There’s nothing quite like having a dog waiting for you by the door when you get home, or a cat purring on your pillow. Animals make marvellous companions – they love unconditionally and are unfailingly loyal. Walking your dog can be a great way to meet new people as well. Smaller animals such as hamsters or geckos can also make you feel needed if you do not want to commit to getting a dog or cat.
Get Out of the House
Get out of the house when you can instead of allowing yourself to wallow in loneliness.Go outside, get some fresh air, go to the mall, the park or even just the grocery store. Make an effort to speak to at least someone, even if it’s only a sales assistant.
Get Involved in a Local Cause
Are you concerned about the environment? Passionate about inner-city education? Volunteer your time and skills at the local library, civic organization, or charitable foundation. Helping others will make you feel good about yourself, occupy your mind, and stop you from thinking about how alone you are. Having a shared interest is also a great way to develop new friendships.

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