From time to time we all get lonely. If you feel lonely most of the time it can affect your sleep and your health. But most of the time we don’t have to be alone. We can also feel lonely in a group of people. But some people feel lonely all the time.

Loneliness is different than depression, you don’t have to be alone all the time to feel lonely.  Some people may feel very lonely because they don’t show their feelings to others or open up to other people’s feelings. Here are some tips for beating loneliness:

1. Don't stay away from other people

When you’re feeling lonely it can be hard to think about being with others or opening up to other people.  But just being by yourself may only make the problem worse.

2. Do things with other people

Join a group where you can meet people.  It can be about anything – cooking, children, church, sports.  It will help you feel more connected to the people around you because you have something in common.

3. Be kind to yourself

You need to start treating yourself differently. The biggest challenge is to be good to yourself when you aren’t feeling good about yourself.  Being happier with yourself will make it easier to reach out to other people.

4. Learn more about loneliness

The more you learn about loneliness, and how common it is, the less lonely you’ll feel. It’s harder to deal with loneliness when you don’t understand it.

5. Find someone to reach out to

Whether it’s a friend, a family member or a counsellor, find someone to talk to.  It can make a huge difference.  It’s the most healing thing you can do for yourself.