For most of my life I didn’t understand what people meant when they said that they were lonely. I always liked being alone. Then, one day, loneliness hit me from behind and overwhelmed me. I was bewildered to the point of tears. And, perhaps, the strangest thing was that I wasn’t alone.

Here are a few tips, from our fellow bloggers (and a few other places), on how to deal with loneliness and disconnection if you find yourself in a similar situation. Think of it as your loneliness emergency kit.

Loneliness Is Not Alone – loneliness is contagious. Did you catch it from someone else?

Loneliness: Craving a Connection – loneliness when away at school for the first time: life change, associated emotions, what to do

How to Cope with Loneliness

5 Ways to Beat Loneliness

How to Fight Depression and Loneliness without Outside Help

Loneliness in Seniors; Loneliness is a Major Health Issue

Get Over Divorce Loneliness

All By Myself – How to Be Alone – love this what-to-do-when-lonely video

Loneliness – the positive side

P.S. and,  if you’re just feeling blue because you’re alone, remember that being alone may be the best thing that’s happened to you. (That’s the conclusion I came to.) 😀

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How to deal with loss…


When travel plans for your life are altered or interrupted and your new destination changes or is uncertain, what do you do? How do you live with the tension of having a new destination that’s way off in the distance yet knowing that if you just sit and wait for it, you’ll go stir crazy?  Here’s one solution to that dilemma.

The story of Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition has been told many times.  I first encountered this heroic journey in Alfred Lansing’s book Endurance.  It’s a captivating story of survival and courage that lasted 634 days and involved some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet.

This crew of courageous men under the exceptional leadership of Shackleton have become for me an example of what it looks like to maintain hope while dancing with circumstances that would demoralize and make quitters out of most of us.

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So, I was trawling around the internet, looking for interesting information regarding addiction, when I (somehow) arrived at posts such as these:

Strawberry Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Mango Raspberry Shortcakes with Espresso Cream

Chocolate, Chili and Cinnamon Sorbet

…which are the most beautiful examples of one of my favourite addictions; maybe yours too. I don’t just admire the skill that it takes to make or photograph these creations, I get a visceral reaction. Just based on the visual, my other senses “know” what it would be like to experience these yummies live. The core of my body seems to fly into the computer screen in an effort to possess them…it is, in fact, a physical need….must have it…my precious!

This could be me one day. It could happen.

And isn’t that the crux of addiction? It’s a place of temporary refuge from what we fear; something  that may feel so much like a solution, in the moment, to the pain that we might end up sacrificing anything to get it and, so, it becomes a problem in itself?


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7 Helpful Hints to Immediately Increase Your Confidence

6 Simple Ways to Build Confidence

6 Tips for Self-Belief

How to Speak with Confidence When You’re Quivering with Fear

Practice Speaking with Confidence

Confidence: The New Sexy

Self-confidence and Achievement

Lower Self-confidence Leads to More Business Success

Affirmations for Self-confidence

The Power of Confidence

Sunday Quote

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A little exercise to improve your state of mind…


Stand up, lift your hands up above your head and lean your head backwards for 5-10 seconds. This is all it takes to change your state of mind and it can also be used when you are angry, upset or disappointed. If you are in a crowded room, and you do not want to lift your hands above your head, do a mini version and just tilt your head backwards. //Marianne

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Great advice on how to treat yourself…

Just Wondering

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It’s probably not a good idea to do any of these things.

You should be your own best friend. So learn to encourage yourself.

Be honest with yourself. Who do you think your fooling anyway?

Your just not that big of a deal so get over yourself.

When has worry ever done anything for you?

Your life is only as rich as the people you include in it.

Forever questioning the norm.
Garrett Sederholm

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