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10 Tips for Dealing with Loneliness

10 Tips for Dealing with Loneliness

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Last Updated on December 7, 2023

Loneliness can be rough for anyone. Research shows that it can trigger anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, all emotions that people often try to mask by self-medicating with alcohol. If you have been aboard the mindful drinking train in order to cut back on your alcohol intake, loneliness can be potentially derailing. 

Before you seek companionship in that glass of wine, consider these tips from our Sunnyside coaches to help you manage your loneliness so you can stay focused on your mindful drinking goals. 

1. Recognize the triggers

Identify the triggers that lead to your feelings of loneliness or isolation. Are there certain times of day or situations where you feel more alone? Perhaps it’s when you come home from work or have downtime on the weekends. Once you identify these triggers, you can create a plan to address them proactively, whether scheduling social activities, finding a hobby or activity to occupy your time, or simply taking time to meditate or reflect.

2. Practice self-compassion

Feeling lonely is a natural and normal human experience. Rather than judging yourself harshly or feeling guilty for experiencing loneliness, practice self-compassion. In other words, treat yourself with kindness, understanding, and empathy, just as you would treat a friend going through a difficult time. This can help you avoid the temptation to turn to alcohol or other substances to cope with your feelings.

3. Connect with others

One of the best ways to beat loneliness is to connect with others. Reach out to friends or family members, join a club or social group, or volunteer for a cause you care about. By connecting with others, you can build meaningful relationships and cultivate a sense of community, which can help you feel less alone and more supported in your journey towards mindful drinking and moderation.

4. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for staying present and focused in the moment, which can help you avoid falling into negative thought patterns or behaviors. Practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, which can help you stay grounded and centered even when you feel lonely or isolated.

5. Get lost in a good movie

Has it been a while since you watched You’ve Got Mail? Or are you still mourning the end of Ted Lasso? Nothing says you can’t rewatch an oldie but a goodie, or binge entire seasons of shows you just finished watching. Sometimes the best cure for loneliness is spending an evening with your favorite movie or TV characters. 

6. Engage in physical activity

Physical activity is a great way to refocus your mind, boost your mood, and reduce stress. Consider going for a walk, practicing yoga, or hitting the gym to get your body moving. Another added benefit: you never know who you might meet when you’re out on an adventure alone!

7. Practice gratitude

When you’re feeling lonely, it’s easy to focus on the negative. Instead, practice gratitude by taking time to appreciate the things in your life that you’re thankful for.

8. Learn a new skill

Learning a new skill can be a great way to boost your confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment. Consider signing up for an art class or gardening club. Not only will you learn a new craft you may also make new friends.


9. Seek professional help

 If you’re struggling with loneliness or other mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you develop strategies to cope with difficult emotions and behaviors.

10. Text a Sunnyside Coach

As always, Sunnyside is here to help support you in your mindful drinking goals. And if you’re feeling lonely, remember you’re never alone. A Sunnyside coach is just a text away. 

When you’re battling loneliness, don’t make alcohol your companion. Take Sunnyside’s advice for chasing away loneliness and sticking to your mindful drinking goals.

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