HOW TO BE LESS LONELY IN A BUSY AND ISOLATING WORLD
In this episode of Confidence on the Go we are chatting about:
- The realness of loneliness in a world of busyness
- How to combat loneliness if you work from home
- The trick to leveraging your loneliness in a powerful way
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Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change. –Gretchen Rubin
THE REALNESS OF LONELINESS IN OUR “CONNECTED” WORLD:
Ya’ll, I’m a super social, super connected person, but I feel lonely all the time. It is part of motherhood, it is part of entrepreneurship, it is part of being a go-getter, and to be honest, it is part of our “connected” social media lives where we have thousands of friends but we don’t have anyone we can call when we are sick in bed, our husbands are out of town and we just need a cup of chicken noodle soup.
-Even surrounded by friends, schedules / naps can be wildly different causing you to constantly miss paths
-Growing a vision for your career and being a leader in life can be lonely – it’s lonely at the time, it’s lonely when you are committed to doing the right thing, it’s lonely when you are committed to being different
-Too busy of a schedule can even compromise your best relationships – making you feel lonely around the people you most love.
Real friendships, real connections, real trust between neighbors takes time. It is formed in the little interactions, the little hellos, the little ways in which we share life together – and it connects us in a real way.
When you admit that you need people in your life (we all do), you can then stop thinking that you need to be a superhero being everything to everyone but yourself.
Taking care of your social needs is as important to taking care of your physical, spiritual or nutritional needs. … ignoring your social core creates the expectation of yourself to be an emotionally voided machine.
14 WAYS TO BE LESS LONELY IN A BUSY AND ISOLATING WORLD
- Acknowledge that you are lonely
- Address your personal social needs – investigate where they are not being met
- Disconnect from social media, create non-screen time in your life
- Pick up the phone and make more phone calls
- Write more hand-written cards
- Create more space for people in your daily schedule – even for strangers
- Cherish little interactions and mundane conversations
- Go out of your way for friend dates
- Prioritize communication with your significant other
- Connect daily without distraction, face-to-face with your significant other
- Communicate your social needs to your partner and support them with theirs
- Give of your time, heart or love to someone who might be more lonely than you
- Focus less on your to-do list and instead value your day based on the quality of your emotional connections
- Share your heart and your story openly – you never know how your vulnerability and openness might inspire someone else to realize that they are not alone. (I felt lonely and like I would never be understood until I read Geneen Roth’s books, which changed my life and gave me hope in my eating disorder.)
HOW TO COMBAT LONELINESS IF YOU WORK FROM HOME
- Create office hours for yourself and treat your office like you would any other (get dressed, show up as your best self).
- Schedule set breaks and get outside.
- Arrange midday workouts with friends or get yourself in an environment around other people (the gym, the coffee shop, going to the grocery store mid-day, etc)
- Call or Facetime a friend outside of your work hours
- Spend less time on social media and more time learning
THE TRICK TO LEVERAGING YOUR LONELINESS IN A POWERFUL WAY
When you know you are better because of other people, you learn to reprioritize your go-go-go / achieve-achieve-achieve / be productive – be productive – be productive attitude and you are better able to slow down and connect.
When we connect in the world more deeply, we live more intimately and more beautifully.
Loneliness then, can serve to fire up our lives and fan the flame of what really matters.
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