9 Ways to Reach Out From Loneliness

9 Ways to Reach Out From Loneliness (how to overcome loneliness) – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

1. Reach out to friends (old and new). Confide in people who have been reliable friends in the past or find new people who value and believe in the same things you do. Ask them to listen to what you’re going through and give their input. They may have experienced the same thing and may have some helpful thoughts to share.

2. Reach out to your family. When we are lonely, we tend to isolate ourselves from everyone we love and everyone who loves us. They may have no idea that something is wrong. Talk to them about what’s going on in your life. You might be surprised at the conversations you’ll have and the connections you’ll make.

3. Reach out to help others in need. You probably won’t have to look farther than your neighborhood or community. Find something you love to do – then find others who love it too so you can do it together. Being active and positive while helping others help you take the focus off yourself.

4. If it doesn’t seem like there’s a way out of the loneliness you’re feeling, you may need to get professional help. What your feeling may be too big to handle on your own. Example could be overwhelming sadness, depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. That’s OK. Don’t feel bad or ashamed to ask for help. Talk to your parents and/or trusted (and mature) spiritual leaders to help you find an appropriate counselor.

5. Start a journal. Sometimes expressing yourself on paper can help you sort through emotions that seem out of control.

6. Ask yourself some honest questions. Do you come across to others as stuck up? Bossy? Loud? Mean? You may have parts of your personality that cause others to keep their distance. Find someone you trust to give you honest feedback and improve those negative behaviors and/or attitudes.

7. Develop your own interests. When you do find yourself alone, use that time to do something you love or discover something new that you would love to do. It will move you in a positive direction.

8. Reach up to God through prayer. Tell Him how you feel (sad, isolated)and what you need (comfort, strength). Remember to talk to Him no matter how you feel: happy, anxious, scared, hurt, angry, confused, etc.).

9. You can also reach up to God by spending time in His Word. The Psalms are a great place to turn when you are feeling lonely. Take a look at these . . .

  • Psalm 13:5, 6

  • Psalm 18:1 – 19

  • Psalm 25:16, 17

  • Psalm 62:1, 2

  • Psalm 63:1 – 8

  • Psalm 68:5, 6

  • Psalm 93

  • Psalm 100

  • Psalm 139:1 – 18

  • Psalm 142:1 – 4

  • Psalm 148

Keep these Scriptures in mind also . . .

  • 1 Kings 19:1 – 18

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9 – 12

  • Philippians 2:4

  • Hebrews 13:5

Remember loneliness isn’t all bad. It can enlarge your heart to love. It can cause you to appreciate the beauty of others in new ways. It can open you to a deeper knowledge of God’s love. It can help you define (or redefine) your calling. It can cause you to be more sensitive to others with similar needs.

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