Loneliness is something that is hard to combat, especially through the festive period. You may already know this or not, but exercise plays a major part in your wellbeing and releasing endorphins.
Malminder Gill is an award-winning Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, accomplished Author and Speaker, Malminder Gill helps clients re-invent themselves.
Here is an overview of her tips for loneliness:
- Think about what makes you feel lonely – Is it that you have no one to talk to, you’re not getting invited to social gatherings, you have no one to care for or you feel no one cares for you. Loneliness shows up in different ways for different people, so recognising clearly what makes you feel lonely is the first step to addressing it.
- Look for companionship and social events that make you feel good, even if it’s just a movie night on the sofa.
- Be vocal about it. What can you can do to prevent/manage that feeling of loneliness – rather than depending or relying on others to ‘show up’ for you, what can you really do about it? For instance, perhaps letting others know that you feel lonely sometimes when xyz happens. We can’t just assume that others can read our minds.
- What are you doing about helping other people who might be feeling lonely? Loneliness usually encourages a withdrawal into self. Get out there and start checking in on others. Consider volunteering or calling someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
- It can be tempting to slow down or entirely stop exercising over the festive season. Going for a run or a yoga class will remind you that you are doing something for YOU – your body and your own mental wellbeing. Try taking a friend along with you, they will thank you for it!
Check out Malminder Gill in the next issue of PT Today Magazine, where she will be be telling us her top tips and information on how she can help your health and wellbeing this Christmas!
Check out our article on mindfulness to combat stress here.