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MARMALADE GUIDES

Connecting

We are hard wired as humans to need social connection. We are here to help you with some simple ideas of ways to connect with yourself and with others.

 

1. Making new social connections

Our 3 step approach

Loneliness can often feel overwhelming and something out of our control, so it can be useful to have a starting point. To help you and others to feel less lonely we have framed it into three parts...

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Connection ideas

Are you keen to develop new friendships by trying something new, but you're not sure what that something new might be? We've got together a range of activities and interests to give you some ideas.

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How to talk to strangers

Forget what your mother told you. As an adult it's good for us to talk to strangers. Dr Gillian Sandstrom takes us through the researched benefits. Read more >

How to talk about loneliness

We can unintentionally stigmatise loneliness even further by the way we talk about it. So how can we change the language around loneliness?

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2. Connecting with yourself - self care

What are my social needs?

Have you ever stopped to think about your social connections and needs? Our Founder outlines what to consider... Read more > 

How to use social media well

Studies have shown that excessive use of social media can affect our mental health and increase feelings of loneliness. We've put together our top tips for using social media well. Read more > 

Self care for loneliness

Self-care is becoming a common phrase these days when it comes to our general wellbeing, but it can apply to loneliness too. We've put together our top tips. Read more > 

Feel good food

As part of our self care series, we look at how eating the right foods can help our mood and make us feel good

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Writing for wellbeing

Expressive writing (or creative writing) for therapeutic purposes is a simple and rewarding way to develop self-expression and make space for reflection. Rebecca Shamash guides us through some simple exercises Read more > 

For people who are feeling lonely, pets can be a great comfort and a way to share worries, without fear of judgement. Read more > 

Volunteering is good for you

Alison, one of our Marmalade volunteers, lives in Bristol and volunteers for a number of charities. Find out what it's like and see if you might enjoy is too! Read more > 

Are you feeling lonely?

Loneliness can often feel overwhelming and something out of our control, so it can be useful to have a starting point. To help you and others to feel less lonely we have framed it into three parts...

  1. Acknowledge loneliness in yourself or others

  2. Identify what you or they need

  3. Take the appropriate action