If you’re like most people suffering from a chronic illness, you often feel lonely even when surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances. Although these people mean well, they aren’t able to truly empathize because they have never experienced what you endure on a daily basis. For them, every day is not a struggle to feel better. Every day is not a war for better health.
So, if you have a hollow feeling that burdens you even when you’re in a room full of people, listen up. A bit of loneliness is fine but excessive loneliness is not. If you truly desire to be happy and secure within yourself, make it a point to choose happiness now. Commit to making yourself happy and finding joy as your own best friend. After all, you alone have the power to make the situation better.
Here are some more tips to help you get over the loneliness hump:
See the Brighter Side of the Picture
Yes, you are not entirely well but you are getting better every day. You are doing what you need to do to alleviate symptoms and take control of your future. You are committed to changing your life for the better. You are making small changes and things are improving.
Play a “Stop Feeling Lonely” Music Tape
Music is a mood changer. It can change your mood from sad to happy, and vice versa. With this in mind, create a playlist of a few songs that brighten your mood. Here are a few examples: I’m So Happy by Sting, Happy by Pharrell Williams, Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, and Happy Together by the Turtles. Of course, choose the ones that you like the most. Play those songs that boost your happy meter to a 10 and bring a smile to your face.
Have Fun and Stay Active
Loneliness is existing in a state of passiveness. To squash these feelings, get out and do something active. Take a short walk in nature or play the Wii with your kids. Work on a sculpture or fly a kite. Do something physical. By getting yourself moving, you are taking control of your happiness.
Reach Out to Others in Similar Situations
Millions of people suffers from one or more types of chronic illnesses but most folks don’t talk about it because they believe no one understands. Don’t assume no one understands. Instead, reach out to others who are also experiencing an illness. Join online forums and support groups so you can share your challenges and accomplishments.
Whatever you choose to do, treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Stay active. Listen to inspirational movies and positive music. Do what you have to do so you can turn on the happy switch. Choose to live your life to the fullest and make each day better than the last. Do it now!