Reaching out to friends and family can be a great way to cope with loneliness and build a sense of belonging and community. Often times, it can feel scary to try and make new friends, especially when we are feeling vulnerable and alone. Focusing on strengthening existing relationships can feel more comfortable and can help you identify people who you can count on for support when going through a hard time.
We encourage you to reach out to friends or family members to build your support system and cultivate a sense of belonging to cope with feelings of loneliness. Try making plans more consistently or give a friend a call to build up your existing relationships and deepen your social connections! Remember, this may take some time, so be patient, and know that with time, you will begin to feel more connected.