Try implementing a few here and there and you’ll notice you have more time, money, and energy to live the life you really want.
Go outside and get some nature.
I don’t know about you, but I find that when I stay in the house for too long, I start to feel depressed and lethargic.
Even though you may not feel like it, going outside and feeling the fresh breeze on your face can be beneficial for our mindset and perspective.
Experiencing nature is particularly great. Research has found that people’s mental energy bounced back when they looked at pictures of nature.
Studies have also discovered that natural scenes can ignite feelings of awe, which is another great way to give yourself a mental boost.
Write down your thoughts
One of the best ways to clear your mind and understand your feelings is to write them down.
So write down a list of things that are bothering you. Once you get a clearer idea of what they are, you’ll be able to take action to get rid of them.
It can also be helpful to write down your dreams and goals and then create an action-orientated plan to achieve them.
Do some exercise
When you’re feeling lonely, it can be difficult to be motivated to take action.
In fact, research has found that regular aerobic exercise – primarily jogging or brisk walking – reduces the symptoms of clinical depression.
Surprisingly, one study found that running was just as effective as psychotherapy.
Get a pet or go to a park and pet a stranger’s pet.
One of the best ways to deal with loneliness it to get a dog or a cat.
They make an excellent companion and teach you important lessons liking living in the moment and basking in the glory of play.
In fact, a large study that interviewed people living with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and PSTD found that a pet offers people a deep sense of “ontological security” – which equates to the feeling of stability and meaning in one’s life.
Another study found that having a pet staved off anxiety and was linked to lower body mass index.
Ask your friends what they see as your best qualities
When we constantly analyze ourselves, we tend to fall in loops of self-criticism. It happens to all of us.
So to get yourself out of that cycle, go and seek some outside opinions.
Ask your friends, colleagues, family members what they think your best qualities are.
If you’re embarrassed about it, just tell them you’re filling out an application for anything non-embarrassing you can think of.
Then take a second and give yourself some credit for being that way.
Make short-term goals
Taking action and achieving small goals is one of the best ways to get yourself out of a negative loop.
Ask yourself what you really want to achieve in the future and then set small goals to eventually reach it.
Make sure you celebrate each goal with a pat on the back.
In fact, creating a checklist and ticking them off is a great way to release dopamine in the brain, which is crucial for our emotions and ability to take action.
Call your family or friends
Call someone you feel comfortable with and express yourself freely.
It doesn’t have to be about your problems. Talk about anything that interests you and have a laugh while you’re doing it.
Human beings are naturally social creatures and communicating with others will make you realize that you’re not alone. None of us are.
Give yourself something to look forward to
Plan something special to do in one or two weeks. It could be a movie you want to see or a new restaurant you want to try.
Even if it’s by yourself, going somewhere new and having an event to look forward to will ignite your passion for your life and make you realize that the best is yet to come.
Listen to your favorite music
There’s a reason music makes us feel so good.
Research has found that music enables our brains to release the feel-good chemical dopamine.
So sit back, crank out your favorite tunes and let the music do its job.
Meditation enables you to calm your mind and focus on what’s important.
This can be a great way to clear your mind and start taking action on what’s important.
Get a massage
If you’re feeling lonely, then there’s no doubt that it can help to get in touch with others.
And what better to do this than with a massage?!
Massages enable you to relax and release the tension in your muscles as well as experiencing the warming touch of a human.
Do something that’s out of your comfort zone
I know that getting out of your comfort zone is tough, but it’s crucial if you want to expand and grow.
Challenge yourself to do something that makes you a little uncomfortable and that you usually wouldn’t do.
It doesn’t have to be drastic.
Simply doing small things every day that are a little different will invigorate your life and help you get over your feelings of loneliness.
Conclusion: These 12 things might not work for everyone, but try to give at least a few of them a try. If you keep at it, you’ll eventually rediscover your zest for life and gain clarity about where you want to go.