There was a program re-introduced at a Canadian university where people are supporting each other by knocking on dorm doors and checking to see if the students are okay.
It is that time of year again when too many students are feeling overwhelmed and pressured by life circumstances and this causes individuals to isolate themselves, withdraw from society and more worrisome; harm themselves or consider taking their own lives.
Loneliness in youth isn’t new, in fact it is more prevalent than we would think. We aren’t meant to go through life alone. Although we live in a time when we are unrestrained by cultural and economic limitations, people seem less happy, disconnected and more lonely than ever which begs the question; “What is going on?”
I know the feelings of loneliness. A few years ago I decided to explore this in more depth and in doing so, realized that although I had reached a certain level of financial success, there was a huge part of me that wasn’t fulfilled on a personal level. That sent me on a personal quest; I have done the research and there are strategies you can use to feel more connected.
Here are the three elements I found to combat loneliness.
- Have a purpose that is larger than you. This purpose provides you with a focus that will always guide you as you share who you with the world. And, by looking outside of yourself you will connect with others.
- Get in touch with the concept of love again, in particular the concept of self-love. Love is one of the biggest fears we have and not loving ourselves tops the chart. Look for what is right with you over what is wrong, will help you build self-esteem and confidence which is a great way to start to love yourself.
- Use your self-love to create environments around you that attract supportive people to you. When you love yourself, you become energized and active which will attract other energized and active people to you.
This is why the knock on door campaign is a great way to check in on each other to ensure students are not in emotional distress. Knowing someone cares can be the connection that a person needs who is feeling low. And, it could be the first step to them understanding that they have a purpose, are appreciated and are loved.
If you would like to learn more about strengthening your relationship with yourself and others, pick up your copy Ending Global Loneliness; Finding Purpose, Love and Dynamic Relationships here. It is packed full of tips, techniques and examples of how you can find greater connection and meaning in your life.
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