How to beat loneliness: Advice from Closer psychologist Emma Kenny

Our therapist and TV psychologist Emma Kenny is here to make sense of your emotional issues.

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by Closer staff |
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It doesn’t matter how many friends we have or “amazing” our social life appears, we can all struggle with loneliness.

Model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, 22, is a perfect example of a woman who most people would envy – just look at her amazing eyebrows for a start! But while Cara may seem to have it all, even she admits that she sometimes uses work and partying to avoid difficult feelings of loneliness.

However, we shouldn’t try to avoid our emotions, as they can teach us vital lessons. Ironically, loneliness is a shared emotional experience. Every human is touched by it and it sends us an important message: that we need close and supportive relationships.

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How to beat loneliness: Advice from Closer psychologist Emma Kenny

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Don’t use destructive activities such as drinking and taking drugs to erase feelings of loneliness.

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Don’t be ashamed of being lonely, confide in family or friends – most people can relate to the feeling and this can make you feel less alone.

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Don’t try to avoid loneliness by filling every moment with distractions. Recognise your feelings and figure out what is missing.

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See loneliness as a trigger for change, allowing you to take steps towards a more fulfilled life experience.

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Establish what would make life less lonely and set out achievable aims to make these changes happen.

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If you’re lonely being single, remember to enjoy being you. As soon as you are happy alone, you become more confident, so when you enter a new relationship you’ll be ready. Choosing to be alone is a powerful statement that demonstrates strong self-worth.

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Boost mental, physical and emotional health by joining a gym, rethinking your wardrobe, trying new hobbies and filling your time positively. Being fully in charge of your life is empowering.

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