Feel­ing so lonely

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Re­cently I have started to feel very lonely. I’m in my mid­for­ties and I’ve had a few long-term re­la­tion­ships but have been hurt badly. I took a break from dat­ing and tried again, but it’s bleak and very hard work. I have good friends who are di­vorced but I seem to be the only one who would like a re­la­tion­ship. I feel as though I have failed in some way, as I thought it was only older peo­ple who got lonely.

Suzie says:

Peo­ple of all ages and in all sorts of cir­cum­stances get lonely. The trick to be­ing re­silient and find­ing your way out of feel­ing hope­less is to recog­nise it’s not your fault. And that per­haps you need to re­think what you’re look­ing for and the way to get it. You can be lonely with a part­ner, and sur­rounded by friend­ship and joy with­out one. You say you have good friends – so con­cen­trate on en­joy­ing time with them. You can look for a part­ner in three ways. One is by ask­ing friends if they know some­one who might be suit­able. An­other is by find­ing new friends through spe­cial in­ter­est groups or hol­i­days. The third is ap­proach­ing a mar­riage agency, not a dat­ing one, through the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish In­tro­duc­tion Agen­cies at abia.org.uk – they will be able to put you in touch with peo­ple who are look­ing for the same thing as you.

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