By Mary Ann Wilson, RN

If you are feeling lonely and “down-in-the-dumps” don’t just sit around doing nothing. Boost your mood and overcome isolation and loneliness by trying out some of these tips.

 

1) Call an old friend or family member

Think of someone you’ve lost touch with

over the years and get back in touch with

them. Maintain these healthy relationships

by taking time to talk or getting together

on a regular basis

 

2) Meet your neighbors

Remember back in the good old days when

you knew everyone on the block by name?  If

you don’t already know your neighbors, make

an effort to meet them, maybe even bring

them a batch of cookies!

 

3) Volunteer

Find out where in your community you can

volunteer.  This is a perfect way to overcome

isolation and loneliness. You will be meeting new people

AND helping to make the world a better place.

 

4) Find something fun to be involved with

Most communities have clubs that bring

people together who share interests

or hobbies.  Join a fitness class, sewing group,

antique car club, or become involved with

a church activity group.

 

5) Seek out community resources

Call your local senior or community center to

see what kind of activities they offer. Take advantage

of programs they might be facilitating

such as health screenings, financial counseling

or home delivered meals.

 

6) Make regular visits to the library

Get the schedule for your local library

and commit to going once a week. This will

not only get you out of the house but it will help

open your world to new inspiring ideas and stories.

Most libraries also have a large selection

of books on CD as well as interesting

programs on DVD.

 

7) Join an exercise or walking group

Network with a formal or informal

group to start a regular exercise routine.

Don’t let money deter you. There are

many ways to exercise for free  like

walking or watching Sit and Be Fit on TV!

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