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10 Tips to Combat Post High School Loneliness

Nadine Briggs

In our previous discussions, we shed light on the alarming Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation report released by the U.S. attorney general last year. If you missed it, you can catch up on the details here (link to the video: https://youtu.be/SXG-TDJJ0u0). The report underscores a concerning level of loneliness prevalent in our society. Now, imagine the heightened sense of isolation experienced by individuals who have traditionally struggled to forge meaningful connections and find genuine companionship. For many young adults who didn’t cultivate lasting friendships during high school, the prospect of meeting new people and forming bonds can seem daunting.

Whether it’s grappling with social anxiety or navigating communication hurdles, the challenge of connecting with others can weigh heavily on individuals. To combat post-high school loneliness, here are 10 practical tips:

  1. Commit to Change: Making friends may seem daunting, especially for those with social challenges. However, it’s essential to be open to suggestions and willing to make an effort. Programs like ours understand these struggles and offer support to ease the transition.
  2. Show Genuine Interest: Cultivate curiosity about others by asking questions and actively listening to their responses. Showing genuine interest can deepen connections and foster meaningful relationships.
  3. Find Common Ground: Look for points of connection in conversations. Even if you don’t share the same interests, finding common ground can help bridge gaps and strengthen bonds.
  4. Radiate Positivity: Project positivity through your demeanor and body language. A warm smile and open posture can make you more approachable, encouraging others to initiate conversations.
  5. Engage in Social Activities: Join clubs, sports teams, or social groups aligned with your interests. These settings provide opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and forge new friendships.
  6. Initiate Plans: Take the initiative to organize activities or outings with friends. It demonstrates your interest in spending time together and fosters stronger connections.
  7. Be Authentic: Embrace your true self and let your personality shine. Authenticity is fundamental to building trust and fostering genuine friendships.
  8. Practice Empathy: Show empathy towards others by considering their perspectives and feelings. Demonstrating compassion strengthens bonds and fosters mutual understanding.
  9. Stay Connected: Maintain regular communication with friends through various channels, such as texts, calls, or social media. Small gestures can go a long way in nurturing friendships.
  10. Manage Anxiety: Social anxiety can be a significant barrier to forming connections. Here are some strategies to help:
  • Practice deep breathing exercises to calm nerves.
  • Set achievable goals for social interactions.
  • Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations.
  • Seek support from trusted individuals or professionals.
  • Focus on mindfulness to stay grounded in the present moment.

Remember, building and maintaining friendships takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and others as you navigate social interactions. With perseverance and the right approach, you can cultivate strong and fulfilling relationships beyond high school.

If you have a child/teen/young adult with has difficulty making friends, contact us for a free trial at 978-764-2758 or schedule an intake https://calendly.com/simplysocialkids/let-s-connect

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