For anyone, whether you are a runner who trains on your own, you work from home, or even if you’re in an office surrounded by lots of other people, it can be incredibly easy to feel lonely. Feeling lonely, or feeling alone, is a horrible thing to experience, however, it is amazing how much weight a single conversation can release from your head and shoulders. Sometimes all you need is someone to say, ‘how has your day been?’ and all of a sudden you don’t feel like you’re tackling the day alone. You no longer feel as though it is just you against the world; you have other people to help you through the challenges of daily life.
If you find yourself feeling easily isolated or struggle when you spend too much time with your own thoughts, there are plenty of ways you can help avoid this. Arranging to meet up with friends for coffee can help bring you back into the world for an hour or so. Just getting out of the house, or your room, and interacting with people can impact how you are feeling massively. Whether you talk about what is troubling you or talk about a completely different topic to take your mind away from your problems, you will feel a lot better than you think.
As much as you will benefit from a single conversation, so will others! You may not think it from the outside, but they may be in need of a chat just as much as you are. Starting a conversation with another person can be more powerful than you think. Instigating a conversation may make their day take a turn for the better as well as yours. Even if you don’t have a full on conversation, that tiny bit of interaction means they don’t feel like completely on their own either.
It is also important not to isolate yourself. If you allow yourself to be surrounded by other people, you won’t feel trapped with your own thoughts in the same way you do if you shut yourself away. I know, if I spend too much time on my own, I get carried away by my own thoughts and can begin to feel down and negative. So try your best not to let yourself get held up in this downward spiral of negative emotions.
A little conversation, even just a ‘hello, how are you?’ can have an immense impact on the quality of someone’s day. We are all in life together and everyone struggles on different days for different reasons, but interacting with each other can help make these struggles a little bit more manageable. There is so much power in being kind and talking to someone. If you don't fancy talking to a friend or family member when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with your own emotions, call the Samaritans on 116 123, they are always happy to listen and help you, whatever your problem or worry.
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