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Carers UK Forum • Loneliness and isolation - Page 2
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Re: Loneliness and isolation

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:57 pm
by bowlingbun
CMC, I'm vry concerned that you say there are no funds this year for respite.
In fact, all councils have been given extra money for Carers Grants and although I'm now only a part time carer, apparently I'm still eligible.
Have you had a Carers Assessment within the last year?
Has your wife had a Needs Assessment within the last year?

Re: Loneliness and isolation

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2022 5:15 am
by TuqueroI _2201
Loneliness is a state of mind. You can be surrounded by lots of people and still feel lonely. As a result, workout your mind. When I go away for work and become isolated I make sure to always keep my mind busy. Read a book, learn a new skill by doing an online course, go for a run (exercise is mentally stimulating), learn to play an instrument, buy a new computer game. Basically anything to keep your mind stimulated so you don't have time to think about being lonely. Don't get me wrong, everyone needs their alone time. But as soon as you feel lonely, get up and do something. Test yourself, constantly grow and develop to make yourself a better person. You don't need to be around people to achieve this.

Re: Loneliness and isolation

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:46 am
by SalinaS _2201
I just want to say it's one thing to feel isolated and lonely and thus desire more friends and social interaction. But you also seem to think that it's somehow shameful or abnormal to have little to no friends, and I want to say that I don't think that is the case. I don't talk to anyone regularly other than my boyfriend, and I only talk to about two or three close friends once in a while (like their birthdays or special occasions). Social interaction drains me and I'm perfectly happy being alone with my own thoughts and pursuing my own interests. I really don't think that's a bad thing.

Some suggestions I would have if you want to meet more people would to join a volunteer group. You say you have a dog; do you like animals? Is there a shelter or animal advocacy group you could volunteer with? I suggest this because usually they have an orientation session with every new batch of volunteers and so the meeting of new people is facilitated for you by the leader of that session. Working with people for a cause that you're passionate about is also the best way imo to form bonds with others. Even if you don't develop deep and meaningful friendships, at least you're hanging out with people and talking to them for a significant time period every week/month/however often you choose to go.

If there's a dog park or dog training classes in your area (especially for canine sports and agility) you could try those as well. Some people keep to themselves but a lot are very friendly, especially if your dogs omegle get along well.

Re: Loneliness and isolation

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2022 6:48 am
by SandraLewis _2202
Loneliness is a state of mind. You can be surrounded by lots of people and still feel lonely. As a result, workout your mind. When I go away for work and become isolated I make sure to always keep my mind busy. Read a book, learn a new skill by doing an online course, go for a run (exercise is mentally stimulating), learn to play an instrument, buy a new computer game. Basically anything to keep your mind stimulated so you don't have time to think about being lonely. Don't get me wrong, everyone needs their alone time. But as soon as you feel lonely, get up and do something. Test yourself, constantly grow and develop to make yourself a better person. You don't need to be around people to achieve this.