Start there. Most people, I thought, make friends without a strategy or game plan.
Things you can try to help with loneliness Do try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. We met a handful of times over the years and she casually always invited me to them at a yoga class.
But before I did, I asked Bayard for advice on what to say. I did exactly what Bayard advised and messaged her on Instagram. She advised me to send that person a message on Instagram asking them to get coffee.
I told her I almost canceled our session out of pure shame. All my friends are married with. Those with social anxiety struggle because they are in their head and second guess themselves.
Bayard was patient and listened to me vent. Who are the people you sometimes see at the same parties and share mutual friends, but never have one-on-one conversations? I wrote each challenge down and devoted at least one week to following through on them.
You could also contact Samaritanscall: or : jo samaritans. I decided to keep our appointment. I felt ready to hear what Bayard had in store for me and was happy to know that there were only three challenges she wanted me to tackle over the next month to help me make friends.
Find out more about peer support on the Mind website try the 6 ways to feel happierwhich are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control eant able to cope. The first thing Bayard advised me to do was take inventory of people I know and who they know.