Listen to a poem
LDWYTN/Shutterstock The best art can soothe our deepest sorrows. Tanya Davis’ poem, “How to be Alone” is an incredibly healing manifesto that brings a gentle voice to loneliness. Her words were put to film with the help of filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. Davis wrote, “Alone is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.” Another way to feel better is with these 8 foods that scientifically put you in a better mood.
Start a book club
Monkey-Business-Images/Shutterstock Literature is often created from a desire to connect. An engaging relationship between a writer and reader can work wonders for a person’s worldview. Loneliness often begins from a place of feeling misunderstood. The belief that no one else shares one’s point of view can be combated (or at least challenged) through reading, which is scientifically proven to produce empathy in people. In experiencing compassion through narratives, readers come across like-minded thinkers in the characters they come across. And you surely don’t want to live without these instant mood boosters.
Emotionally respond to yourself
Rosa-Araci-Henriques/Shutterstock In the book White Oleander, Janet Fitch wrote, “If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself.” We can grow in self-understanding through mindfulness. Feeling present, even in a state of loneliness, can allow us to tap into the fullness of the human experience. Also, be sure you don’t fall for these “good” habits that can actually work against you.