Step out of the house and enjoy the outdoors
Make sure to step out of the house every day for some time. It could be walks, jogging, gardening, or meeting friends. Studies have shown that spending time amidst the nature can help relieve feelings of sadness, depression, negativity, anxiety, and stress. Chronic loneliness in the elderly people or depression in older adults can be tackled by taking them on easy treks and recreational trips. This can be with a group of other elderly adults looking for someone to share their feelings with.
Join a cause – help others to help yourself get over isolation
Know your interest and begin volunteering. There could be library management, animal welfare, trash cleanup, or teaching underprivileged kids. Look out for community events on social media groups and websites and get yourself registered. The satisfaction of helping someone is beyond any other happy feeling.
Some people (whether elderly or young) experience loneliness on a few days, but others might feel lonely or depressed for months and years with no signs of improvement. Since it’s not termed as a mental disorder, there is no defined treatment for chronic loneliness.
Getting over this state of mind is definitely difficult but not impossible. It might take some time, especially if you are an introvert or shy person by default. But, gradually, with the right attitude and approach you can build strong relationships and connections with people.
If the symptoms of depression, loneliness, or sadness persist for a longer period or start getting severe, consult a therapist or psychiatrist who can guide you the right way.