The distress associated with loneliness can be significant and may lead to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Pursuing a new hobby, taking up a sport, volunteering in the community, or attending social events can help reduce distress by increasing one’s opportunities to form friendships. Engaging and meaningful activities can also help a person cope with loneliness by making time spent alone more meaningful.
Individuals who are shy, experience social anxiety or are reluctant to take social risks may be more likely to describe themselves as lonely and may have difficulty forming lasting and satisfying relationships. When a person finds it challenging to reach out to others or self-disclose in order to form closeness and trust—both of which are generally necessary for a strong relationship to develop—therapy at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can often help.
A person in therapy at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can also challenge and modify any thought patterns or perceptions that are associated with or contribute to loneliness, such as a perceived lack of control over life or social situations.