#032 Friday Fix: How to Stay Strong When You’re Lonely
While this time of year can be filled with happiness and love for some people, it can also be the loneliest, saddest time for others.
When you don’t have family to spend the holidays with–and a lot of people are finding themselves in that situation this year because of the pandemic–it can be tough.
Of course, it’s not just the holidays that are sparking increased feelings of loneliness. The year of social distancing has made for a lot of lonely people. Even people who are surrounded by their families all day long are feeling lonelier than ever.
So I thought it would be a good idea to spend this episode tackling loneliness. Whether you’re feeling lonely right now in this stage of your life or it’s been an ongoing problem that you experienced long before the pandemic, this episode is for you.
Some of the things I talk about:
“In a world where many people have hundreds — if not thousands — of social media connections, it’s clear that those connections aren’t a cure for loneliness. It’s not the quantity of connections that matters — it’s the quality.”
“Having a plan eases the dread. And often people feel like the days leading up to a lonely holiday are way worse than the actual holiday itself.”
“Loneliness is a feeling. The best way to cope with any uncomfortable feeling is to address the way you think and the way you behave.”
My TEDx Talk – The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong
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