Coping with Holiday Loneliness: Tip 4

Oftentimes, people who experience feelings of loneliness are stuck in a cycle of perceptions, actions, and idea about their loneliness. It can be difficult to break out of this cycle, especially since our own experiences with loneliness can help to validate the cycle itself.  

For example, if you have a negativity bias (“I’m not going to go to that get-together because I never have positive interactions with new people.”), then even if you do go to that gathering, you are more likely to perceive your interactions from a negative lens. This impacts how we interact with others and can impede our ability to connect, further exacerbating our feelings of loneliness. 

In order to break out of the loneliness loop, it’s up to us to correct our own negative ideas about our loneliness.  Challenging those negative thoughts when they arise is crucial to breaking out of the cycle of loneliness. 

Check out our HRI program on Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays for more information about how to break out of the loneliness loop. 

Read more about the loneliness loop here.