Loneliness and isolation

Tips to help ease loneliness

When you’re lonely, especially if you’ve been feeling that way for a while, it can be hard to reach out.

You might worry that others will not understand you or want to spend time with you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for many of us to stay connected with our friends, family and communities. When we haven’t experienced positive relationships for a long time, it can sometimes be hard to find the confidence as well as the opportunities to connect with those around us.

However, by making some changes, one small step at a time you can start to increase your social contact with others and build your confidence to do more. Just small moments of connection with other people can really make a difference:

  • smile at people. Having them smile back could really brighten your day and theirs
  • stop and say hello to a neighbour. A simple greeting only takes minutes and then next time you could stop and ask them how they are
  • pick up the phone and speak to somebody, it could be an old friend or family member you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • getting active and moving more will help you feel better and if you go outside for a walk you might see a neighbour or someone you know. Visit our move more pages for information on how to get more active
  • look out for local events, exercise classes, book clubs, coffee mornings, playgroups etc, where you can meet and get to know people in your community. You can find details on the online Stockport Local Directory, or look out on notice boards, join a local Facebook or WhatsApp group or ask at your local library
  • join online groups or communities where you have common interests and can share experiences. If you want to learn how to do more online and improve your skills and confidence see how Digiknow can help you
  • volunteer to help with something you care about. It’s such a great way to meet new people with a shared purpose and helping others makes you feel good too. You can give as much or as little of your time as you want. It could even be just a one off, like a litter pick at your local park. To find out about opportunities to volunteer in Stockport visit the volunteer hub website or call 0161 974 0753 or email Support@stockportvolunteerhub.org.uk
  • start a new hobby, something that you enjoy and share what you do with others