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Feelings of loneliness can have a significant impact on your mental health. Feeling lonely can increase isolation and intensify mental health struggles. Learning to understand and work through your loneliness is an integral part of improving your mental health as a whole. If you have been feeling lonely, know that you are not alone. Here are a few different steps to begin your journey of coping with your loneliness and improving your mental health.

Acknowledge Your Feelings 

Loneliness is often made up of many different emotions all bottled up together. Are you sad that you are alone? Are you angry that certain people are not around? When you can identify the feelings you are experiencing, you can work to understand and find the root cause of those emotions.

Lean On Existing Relationships 

Work on strengthening and building the relationships you already have. Try to schedule time for phone calls, dinners, or activities. Everyone has a busy schedule. Plan ahead and have your loved ones block out time to spend with you. When you can connect with your loved ones, you may notice that it brings you comfort.

Join Support Groups 

Consider joining a support group or activity. This is a great way to meet new people and try new activities. You will notice there are many online groups that you can join from the comfort of your own home. Connecting with people who have similar interests or issues can help you form connections and feel less lonely.

Seek Professional Help

Mental health issues can be complex, and loneliness can intensify these issues. Locating and understanding the root issue can be difficult. Sometimes it can be hard to even understand what you are feeling or how to begin to feel better. Seek support from a mental health professional to help you better understand your mental health issues and work towards healing. Everyone is unique. What your loved ones do to feel better may not benefit you. Begin your journey of healing by understanding your needs.

If you are struggling with loneliness, you may find that the feelings of being alone can intensify mental health issues that you may have. Loneliness can be an intense emotion and can affect many aspects of your life. Try to acknowledge your feelings and determine what is bothering you. Here at The Guest House, we know how overwhelming and complex mental health struggles can feel. We are here to help you learn more about your struggles and begin to work towards your goals. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.