Turn2Me, a national mental health charity, has published a list of ten ways to deal with loneliness.
Turn2Me stated that most people feel lonely at some stage of their life, and that it saw an increase
in the amount of young people (18 – 24-year-olds) reporting feeling lonely during and after the
The 10 tips are:
- Join clubs and societies. You’ll meet new people who have the same interests as you –
people you’re more likely to get along with!
- Consider doing a part-time or full-time course. It’s easier to make friends when you sign up
for courses, and it’s easier to make friends with people when these classes are in-person.
- Limit the time you spend on social media. It can increase feelings of isolation.
- When you do spend time on social media, try not to compare your own life to what you see
on social media. People’s lives are never as perfect or as successful as they portray.
Comparison will lead to feelings of inadequacy.
- Plan events around your interests. For example, if you like books, try to go to a book signing
of your favourite author or a literary festival. If you like trad music, go to the Fleadh. If you
like cycling, sign up for a cycling challenge.
- Reach out to friends and family members to meet for coffees, lunches, and walks.
- Train yourself to be comfortable alone in your own company. This will improve your
friendships and relationships with family members because it will make you more
independent and less desperate to always be in the company of others. Yoga, journalling,
and meditation can all help you become more comfortable in your own company.
- Consider travelling alone or with a friend. Whatever your dream getaway is, whether it’s an
exercise bootcamp, a yoga retreat, a staycation in Kerry or a trip to Venice, push yourself to
do some travelling. It broadens the mind; makes you appreciate new cultures and will keep
feelings of loneliness at bay. Make sure you have activities planned for your travels, whether
it’s sightseeing, going to a local concert, walking tours, or trying new foods.
- Get support through support groups. Turn2Me runs free support groups most evenings at
6pm, on various issues ranging from depression, to anxiety, to exam stress. All available on
- Get support through counselling sessions. Turn2Me offers up to six free one-to-one
counselling sessions to adults in Ireland and unlimited paid counselling sessions. All available
Turn2Me A lifeline online!