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Making new connections


Making new connections

We are hard-wired as humans to need social connections. Here are a few simple ways to connect with yourself and others.


Our three 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.


Connection ideas

Are you keen to develop new friendships by trying something new, but you're not sure what that something new might be?

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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 benefits. 


Talking 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?

Connect with yourself

Connecting with yourself

Looking inward and taking care of yourself can be easier said than done - but it can be the key to discovering what you really need. 


What are my social needs?

Have you ever stopped to think about your social connections and needs? Our founder, Amy Perrin,  outlines what to consider.

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 > 


Using social media well

Excessive use of social media can affect our mental health and increase feelings of loneliness. Here are our top tips for using it well.

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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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The comfort of pets

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


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.


Writing for wellbeing

Creative writing is a simple and rewarding way to develop self-expression and make space for reflection. Here's how to get started.

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Become a volunteer

Alison, one of our Marmalade volunteers, lives in Bristol and volunteers for a number of charities. Find out why volunteering is good for you.

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