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7 ways to beat loneliness, with help from our charity

Mental Health Week 2022

Supporting disabled people and carers to help beat loneliness

Everyone experiences loneliness from time to time. It can strike at any age, in any social setting, and even at home. It’s normal to feel lonely from time to time. 

But if your isolation causes you distress, it might be time to look at ways to beat loneliness. Read through these simple strategies to build a better connection with others.

1. Build meaningful connections

The first step to beating loneliness is to build meaningful connections. This could mean taking up a hobby, volunteering, joining a club or organisation, or how about volunteering at our charity and helping hundreds of disability people and carers every week. There are many ways to engage with others and share your interests.

2. Get some help to go out and get some exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to beat loneliness because it provides physical and mental benefits. Research has found that exercise increases serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happier. Exercise also improves sleep, mood, and decreases anxiety. Exercise also has a strong social element, and it’s been shown to provide social benefits such as improving relationships and building confidence.

Our advice team can help you to get out and about and stay connected. We can help you apply for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) that can  provide a daily living part if you need help with everyday tasks or a mobility part if you need help with getting around. 

Whether you get one or both parts and how much you get depends on how difficult you find everyday tasks and getting around. Please contact us to find out how we can help, including arranging an appointment with our Benefits Advisor to support you with claiming PIP and other government benefits.

We can also provide advice and stock a range of mobility aids if you need help getting around, including a variety of:

  • Rollators
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walking frames
  • Walking sticks

Come and visit us at our equipment shop in Dunstable and speak to our experienced advisors.

3. Spend time with loved ones

Spending time with the people you love helps to build social connections, and it’s an easy and enjoyable way to beat loneliness. Whether it’s watching a movie or simply being together, spending time with loved ones is a simple and effective way to beat loneliness.

4. Challenge yourself to build new friendships

Challenge yourself to build new friendships by making a conscious effort to meet new people and start fresh conversations with strangers. Finding ways to challenge yourself to build new friendships will help you to challenge yourself to meet new people and make new friends.

5. Help others who are lonely

If you see someone who is lonely, don’t be shy about offering to help. You may feel awkward or unsure, but that just means you have to put yourself out there and make yourself available. Try to help that person in as small of a way as possible. The most important thing is to be available and offer to help.

6. Don’t think you’re good enough for meaningful connections?

If you’re someone who thinks you’re not good enough for meaningful connections and sticks to the superficial, you’re wrong. No one is exempt from meaningful connections. In fact, we all stand to benefit from them. Meaningful connections are slower and may not always be easy. But in the long run, they’re more rewarding. Our charity team come up with creative solutions for people in many different situations, so give us a try and contact us today.

7. Stay involved in your community

Efforts to beat loneliness should also include staying involved in your community. This can be as simple as attending a community event. Participating in activities or events in your community helps to build social connections, and it’s an easy and enjoyable way to beat loneliness.

Conclusion

Being lonely is a difficult experience. Feeling alone and disconnected from others can be isolating and difficult to cope with. If you need some help with any of these ideas then please contact our charity team who offer a listening ear and practical support to disabled people, carers and families across the Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton area.

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