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Coping with Summertime Loneliness: Finding Connection and Joy

by Izzy Brown, MA, R-DMT, LPC

The summer season often evokes images of fun-filled gatherings, adventures and vibrant social connections. However, for some individuals, summer can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Whether you are experiencing a temporary separation from loved ones, struggling to make new connections, or feeling overwhelmed by the void of solitude, it’s important to acknowledge and address these emotions. In this blog, we will explore practical strategies to cope with summertime loneliness and embrace the season with renewed hope.

Acknowledge your feelings: I recently heard this quote from “The Alchemist,” “the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” Loneliness can be painful, but denying or suppressing it only prolongs the discomfort. Begin by acknowledging and accepting your emotions. Understand that it is perfectly okay to experience loneliness, and many others may be feeling the same way. Give yourself permission to feel and validate your emotions.

Engage in Self-Care: Nurture your well-being by prioritizing self-care activities. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Dedicate time to hobbies, exercise and self-reflection. Engaging in activities you love will not only provide a sense of fulfillment but may also lead to new connections with like-minded individuals. I love the idea of romanticizing my life and pretending I’m in a movie. If I am cooking for one, I will make sure I have music blasting in the kitchen with an under-developed dance routine!

Embrace Nature: Summer offers ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Spend time outdoors, whether it’s going for walks in the park, hiking or simply enjoying a picnic. The serene surroundings can provide solace and a chance to appreciate the world around you. Consider joining local outdoor clubs or community activities to connect with nature enthusiasts.

Volunteer and Give Back: Alleviate loneliness by extending a helping hand to others. Seek volunteer opportunities within your community. Contributing to a cause you care about not only creates a sense of purpose but also connects you with individuals who share similar values. Volunteering can open doors to meaningful relationships and help you build a supportive network.

Join Community Events: Summertime often brings a plethora of community events and festivals. Research local events in your area and participate in those that interest you. Strike up conversations, attend workshops or performance and be open to forming new connections. A few community events I recommend are: Friday swim club at Montrose beach, Chicago girls who walk and Chicago AF (alcohol free) community.

Connect Virtually: In today’s digital age, geographical barriers do not limit our ability to connect. Take advantage of online platforms to meet new people, join virtual communities or participate in group activities. Engage in online forums, book clubs, or social media groups that align with your interests. Virtual connections can also be fulfilling and supportive!

While summertime loneliness can be challenging, remember that you have the power to overcome it. By acknowledging your feelings, practicing self-care, engaging in community activities, and connecting with others, you can cultivate a sense of belonging and joy. Embrace the opportunities that the season brings and be open to the possibility of new connections. Remember, loneliness is temporary, and with the right strategies and mindset, you can create a summer filled with meaningful experiences and enriching relationships.



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