Welcome back to part two of our weekly series of overcoming lockdown loneliness. I hope you enjoy and did the work of journaling out your emotions from last week’s blog article. Thank you for replying with your goal of taking an active approach to journaling. It could daily or weekly to dig deep and acknowledge your emotions.
Now here is Lesson Two.
Before you attempt to engage with people to cure your loneliness, you may have a couple of mental barriers to get past first. If you are feeling inadequate with no self-confidence, you’ll face dilemmas. People are not going to make you feel full and whole unless you come to terms with how good you feel about yourself. I used to doubt myself and took a hard look at why I was not building the right meaningful connections. I was not happy with myself, and I realized no one could complete me or fulfill me. No friendship or relationship would bring me joy if I felt so dissatisfied myself.
Solution and Goal
I started to engage in conversation by implementing positive affirmations. Before I would go out for my daily walk, I would state firmly, “I am committed to building a community of open, honest, humorous, and emotionally vulnerable individuals.” Tell yourself how valuable you are. Throughout life, people have valued their character, uniqueness, and warmth. Today, people want to know you because you’ll see, hear, and feel their emotional journey. You’ll give others your time, your attention, and your friendship. Prepare yourself mentally for the fact that you are adequate and start forming fruitful friendships.
July is a BIPOC mental health awareness month. Here is a quote from Mental Health America.
“The continued use of “”minority or marginalized”” sets up BIPOC communities in terms of their quantity instead of their quality and removes their personhood… The word “”minority”” also emphasizes the power differential between “”majority”” and “”minority”” groups and can make BIPOC feel as though “”minority”” is synonymous with inferiority. Mental Health America
BIPOC Mental Health Month sets the tone to begin having intersectional discussions and sharing resources that recognize the full extent of an individual’s experiences. Let’s continue to work toward dismantling systems of oppression that place QTBIPOC at a high risk of compromised mental health.
Trevor Lifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
Trevor Chat is a confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7, at trevorproject.org/get-help-now/.