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Loneliness is a problem that can affect any adult, whether they be single, divorced, widowed, or somehow isolated. Many older adults who feel lonely are afraid to admit these feelings out of embarrassment. This is unfortunate because there are ways to deal with those feelings so that they don’t spiral into a serious bout of clinical depression.

Finding a way to cope with loneliness can be difficult when those feelings are eating away at the person’s insides. For those who are lonely because they are isolated, figuring out how to cope with these feelings can be an enormous challenge.

Here are some suggestions that may help lonely adults cope better with their situation.

Join a Group For Adults

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If you are newly divorced, widowed, or single, there are groups for adults that allow single people to get together to socialize. The intent is not to try to “fix people up” but rather to find a way to bring people with a common situation or circumstance together to join the company of one another. These groups may sponsor different activities or have their own events. It is a great way to get to meet others and make new friends.

Get Involved in Community Events

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If you don’t know where to begin or what to do, take a look at the activities scheduled in your community. You might find these at the local library, a grocery store bulletin board, a coffee shop, or even your church. Getting involved in community activities is a great way to be among others without having to do something more formal or personal. Participate in a reading group, go to free concerts, or attend other community functions.

Consider Volunteer Work

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Volunteer work can be a great way to deal with loneliness. Helping other people makes it easy to take your mind off of what is bothering you. If you are feeling a sense of loss because your kids have gone off to college or lives of their own, consider some sort of volunteer work that will allow you to work with and help kids in need. It’s also a great way to connect with like-minded people and form new friendships.

Join Church Groups or Bible Studies

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For many people, their involvement with church activities and groups is helpful. While working on activities for the church or doing things with the church group, you get to be among like-minded people. Being with people who have the same interests as you is very fulfilling.

Look For Older Adults Exercise Programs

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Your local YMCA or other fitness club may have classes for older adults and other activities. They offer yoga, strength training, and so much more. Don’t be shy to go check them out. There, you will find many women or men your age who are also looking to get healthy and make friends. Remember that exercise is the key to staying healthy physically and mentally.

Sign Up For Adult Education Classes

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If you’ve wanted to learn to paint, sculpt, learn how to use a computer, play piano, or maybe even get a degree, sign up for some adult education. You will be surrounded by other people whose interests may be similar or completely opposed to yours, but you will have a common bond of improving your life and your thirst for knowledge!

Get Your Hobby Off the Backburner

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If you have a hobby that you love, get involved with it. If you love to garden, plant a garden. If you don’t live in a place where that is possible, see about joining a community garden. If there are no community gardens in your area, see about starting one so that other people who are also interested in gardening can also have the opportunity.

Say Yes to Invitations

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Loneliness and depression often occur hand in hand. When you’re lonely, you get depressed. When depressed, you are more likely to isolate and avoid others. If you’re caught in this vicious cycle, start forcing yourself to engage with others. If a friend calls you to go for a walk and grab a coffee, say yes! Take advantage of opportunities that come your way. The more you get out and live your life, the easier it will become to fight loneliness and depression.

Make an Effort to Connect With Others

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Sometimes, your loved ones get really busy with their own lives, and they may not realize you’re struggling with yours. In this case, it’s up to you to reach out to your friends and loved ones. You may have to make the extra effort to see others, but it will be well worth it.

Loneliness can be extremely damaging if left untreated. Unless you take hold of those feelings and do something about it, it will become a vicious circle. Getting together with other people facing the same things you are facing and possibly feeling those same things might be very helpful.

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Iva Ursano is a solo female traveler originally from Canada and currently residing in Guatemala. After hitting rock bottom in 2013, she completely reinvented her life at 52 years old, packed up two suitcases, and bought a one-way ticket to Central America. She runs this website for women over 50 to help them make the rest of their lives the best of their lives while feeding street dogs and helping the less fortunate in the town she now calls home, Panajachel. You can follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram (Street Dogs of Guatemala)

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