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What Do You Do When You Feel Lonely?

According to new research, being lonely can not only wreak havoc on your emotions, but also on your immune system. Researchers believe that chronic social isolation alters the immune system at the genetic level, raising your risk for illness and disease.

I think feeling lonely is quite possibly the worst feeling in the world - but it can be avoided. What I want to know is, what do you typically do when you feel lonely? Do you call your girlfriends to go out? Do you call your mom for some words of wisdom? Do you cuddle up in bed with your puppy? What I want to know is, what's your cure for feeling lonely?

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phoenixlover phoenixlover 8 years
there's always that phase in my life now and then, feeling so so lonely, even if I'm with someone... What I'd do: - watch a movie, drama maybe - listen to my fav songs, sad ones...and think of that long lost love... Yes, it's that childhood memory I couldn't forget - call my mom... she's my best friend - day dreaming... to escape the reality
MsPrettyLady MsPrettyLady 9 years
These are some of the things I do when I get lonely sleep way too much i get organized Masturbate Workout Call my boyfriends hundreds of times Drink Apple Martinis Try not to think about my boyfriend
oklahoma oklahoma 9 years
I feel most lonely when.. my husband isn't around. What I do? U prob don't want to know. Just feel miserable, Don't really know people, guess I cry, or take a Xanax or something. that usually makes me fall asleep.. And forget why I ws lonely or why I wanted to ... in the first place..
Anenimenie Anenimenie 9 years
Oddly enough the times when I feel really lonely are usually when I'm around others. For example if there's no click with anyone at a party and you feel a bit lost, or when you're at the train station and everyone around you is with someone and having fun. I guess the only remedy is joining in or grabbing your cellphone and call someone to ask how they're doing. Listening to other people or keeping myself busy usually gets my mind off things ^___^
nessabum nessabum 9 years
i bug my boyfriend and then my close friends. then i turn to the tv and that almost always takes my mind off things.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
hmm . . .that's a good question. i think i just find something to do. I don't really have close friends ( in this time zone), so there isn't anyone to call and go get drinks with, or whatever. to be honest, i think i've gotten use to the solitude.
ducks ducks 9 years
Get crafty.
demeter demeter 9 years
Surf the internet, listen to music, watch a movie, or sleep.
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Other than go on the totally awesome site (here! ;D) I go shopping or jog around the next town, because its all nice parks and gardens there! :)
kristine13 kristine13 9 years
I agree with the shopping when lonely idea. I usually buy groceries, or head to Target. I also like to take long walks around my local park, or do yoga, or cook an elaborate meal, or something time-consuming like that. I'll call my Mom or my sister too, if I'm extra down. Nothing's worse than being lonely, but keeping busy is the best cure.
designerel designerel 9 years
GO SHOPPING! I prefer to do that alone, anyway.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Wow, it affects your immune system, thats insane...Im rarely lonely...Im married plus Im an only child. I treasure time alone actually. When I am, I call someone.
avocado_seed avocado_seed 9 years
Oy.. I'll try calling someone.. my mum or my boyfriend.. I'll watch a show (Grey's Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City..), lie in bed, go online.. Feeling lonely is awful.. and I have been feeling that a lot for a while.. I moved out into my own apartment a while ago, and I lost my best friend before that.. It sucks..
Womenfest Womenfest 9 years
Read a book, organize my closets or drawers, run errands, take a long bubble bath and listen to music. Enjoy the ME TIME!!!
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
I absolutely love how so many ppl said they would call their mom - that is exactly what I would do! Honestly, I have never felt lonely, and when my bf goes out of town I do cherish my alone time - but if I ever were to someday feel lonely, my mom would be my first phone call. The comments made me really think about how truly great the mother-daughter relationship is, even if I did think that I hated her from 14-19!
sarar855 sarar855 9 years
lately ive been alone :( i have my boys to distract me and my celly... i go on the computer and read or i take drives... i love to shop that always help... to be honest none of the things that i like have been working but reading what my fellow sugars do is giving me some ideas... thanks...
wickidgrrl wickidgrrl 9 years
I am ok with being alone. If my friends are busy, and my husband is out refing a little league game, i will curl up on the couch with a good book, and/or put on a mask. i'm an only child and i grew up in the military. It was dificult at times not having a sibling to deal with it together, but i think this made me a stronger person in some ways. I almost forgot, i can come to Popsugar and hang out too! I'm a newbie and hope to meet some new friends, so if you feel a little bit alone, message me, i'm a really good listener!!:)
tyra tyra 9 years
i luv how everyone is saying there mom or close friend or even a boyfriend what about if you lost all of them :( it get pretty lonely but i learned to manage
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
knit
barjar1122 barjar1122 9 years
Go find a crowd, like the mall.
samidingdong samidingdong 9 years
sometimes I feel like I am the lonliest person on the planet. Mostly I sit at home and watch a million movies...or go to the mall and spend money that I don't have. Mostly I call my Mom though cuz I can talk to her for hours still and it makes me feel like I'm not alone anymore.
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 9 years
call my mother,sisters, watch TV, bugg my man, or go on Teamsugar :)
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
I don't usually get too lonely, because most of my girlfriends are single so we do stuff together a lot...but when I do, I like to go out and go shopping by myself (I shop a lot better by myself than with friends usually, no distractions). Or I'll call up my parents or brothers and see how they are. Also, reading or going to the gym helps.
geenah geenah 9 years
see how my friends are doing :) watch movies, eat & pamper myself <3
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