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5 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Being Alone

Humans are hard-wired for company. People, as a rule, prefer to be in groups or pairs. They feel safer and happier. In fact, for many people, being alone is one of the worst things they can imagine.

Solitude has a bad rap in modern society. Maybe you associate being alone with being lonely, abandoned, unloved, or unlovable. If you fear being alone and avoid it at all costs, you’re missing out on the opportunities solitude can offer. Being alone, for at least some of the time, is part of the life experience.

If you fear being alone, here are five things you can do to make solitude a little less daunting.

1. Learn to be Ok with Being Alone
Being alone need not mean loneliness. There are lots of things you can enjoy by yourself, from taking a class to chillaxing on the sofa. Consider volunteering at your local non-profit or joining a hiking or sports club.

2. Don’t Get Caught Up in Social Media
Social media can be a real trap, as it gives the illusion of connection. Virtual company is no substitute for being with people in real life. It also stops you from going out and meeting people, because you’re stuck in the online bubble. Social media also presents a false idea that everyone is happy and has hundreds of friends – except you.

3. Get Out and Meet People
If you’re feeling lonely, the best thing you can do is close your computer, put your phone away, and go out. Reach out to friends or colleagues. Join a local sporting club, gym, or church. Just make sure you get out of the house and connect with people.

4. Help Someone in Need
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to help yourself is to help someone else. The other person will benefit from your support, and helping others takes the focus off your own troubles and stops you brooding. There’s scientific evidence that proves that helping others is good for your health. It lowers your blood pressure, strengthens your immune system, and floods your body with positive hormones. There are websites where you can find lots of places looking for volunteers. Find something that you would enjoy and sign up to help.

5. Don’t Put Up with Bad Relationships
Fear of being alone is one of the most common reasons why people stay in bad relationships. And that’s a terrible act of self-sabotage. Placing company, no matter how toxic, above your own happiness, is a terrible thing to do to yourself. Even worse, company doesn’t mean you won’t feel lonely if you’re with the wrong person. If this is you, get some support, even professional help to see how you can make better decisions and take back control of your life.

Will it be easy to implement these in your life?
Most likely no.
But… unless you do them you will not overcome your fear of being alone!

About David Lawson

Finding the Light is a locally owned and operated counselling and life coaching business based in Bundaberg. We seek to empower our clients to find their way forward to a better life by using the approaches of counselling or coaching. If this blog article has raised more questions please contact us by email or call us on 0407 585 497 to arrange a time for us to discuss the article. Mention this blog and we will give you a FREE 30 minute session to discuss.

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