By Stanley Popovich —

Some people have a difficult time managing loneliness after a death of a loved one.  Here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help deal with loneliness.

First, find an activity that you enjoy and where you can meet a lot of people. For instance, join a group activity such as a volleyball club, women’s club, or crafts class. Doing something that you enjoy increases your chances of making friends while you participate.

Second, spend time with animals. If you don’t own a pet, then volunteer at a local animal shelter.  Spending time with an animal tends to make us feel better and reduce stress.

Third, help others. There are many people who could benefit from your time and talents. At the same time, helping others can give you a source of pride, help you feel better about yourself, and can provide long lasting friendships.

Finally, challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your lonely or depressed, challenge those thoughts. For example, some people may think that if they are alone at the present time, then they will always be alone. Challenge that thought — and then do something that makes it less likely that you’ll be alone.

The important thing is to do something constructive. Sitting around and doing nothing will not make things any better whether it is dealing with the fear of being alone or something else. Once you feel strong enough on your grief journey, go out and do something that you like to do.

Stan Popovich is the author of A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/

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Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: www.managingfear.com Stan has struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. Stanley has used his writing skills, analytical talents, interviews and diligent research in an attempt to educate readers on how to deal with fear. He was educated at Pennsylvania State University and has used these approaches in his own life. Stan has interviewed various professionals in the counseling fields and published a book based on his experiences. Stan has been on various TV and radio programs around the U.S. and his writings have been published in various magazines around the world. For A Sample of Stan's Book Read Stan's Free Articles at his website www.managingfear.com Stan has two blogs at http://managingfear.blogspot.com and http://managingfear.wordpress.com Stan's book has been reviewed by various professionals before publication. Stan's book is not a substitute for the guidance of a professional. Please do an internet search using Stan's name to see Stan's latest articles and internet/media exposure.

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