Loneliness is a completely normal emotion to feel. It’s even completely normal to feel lonely in a group of people. It is also common to have a good number of friends and still feel lonely. Having a ton of friends while still feeling lonely can make you feel absent or like you’re just going through the motions. Fortunately there are lots of ways to combat this and get back to a more fulfilling life.

Go outside and get fresh air. While your apartment is a wonderful break from the stresses of daily life and is a great comfort, getting outside isn’t a bad idea if you’re feeling down. Break out of the apartment and feel like you are a part of the outside world! This will help ground your emotions. Grab a book or your favorite music and sit by a tree. Look around you and breathe the fresh air- feel like you’re a part of nature. Bring the outside in! Open the windows and pull back the curtains! Sunlight is known to energize you boosting your mood and lifting your spirits!

Reach out to your friends. There are times when you just need to be reminded how much your friends care for you. Forget about the stresses of the day and go hang out with friends! Call your parents! If you’re fortunate enough to have a great family that you’re close with, there are just some things only your family can cure. Homesickness in college can make you incredibly lonely, but don’t forget to reach out to the people who love you the most. Rely on your support systems!

Friendly warning- do not substitute interaction for social media. While studies argue back and forth on the benefits and harm of social media based on it’s ability to keep us all connected, yet keep us at a distance, there are ways in which we do find ourselves in serious FOMO (fear of missing out). Just because some of you friends are having fun doesn’t mean you’re left out! Limiting your time on social media will force you to interact with your immediate surroundings, making you feel like you’re connected to those around you, instead of those in which you can’t be a part of.

One of the most beneficial things you can learn to do is enjoy your own company. Learn to be okay on your own! To not need the constant reassurance of another person is incredibly freeing. Self-love is step one to happiness and living a fulfilled life!


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