I have a terrible problem with loneliness. The bad times for me are when I come home in the afternoon and all is quiet and then I know I have to make my dinner and sit alone again and eat my dinner. Once I get to about 9 PM I manage to do OK as I always seem to find some mindless program on TV or I read. And then I go to bed.
I am on meds so don't suggest that. MY p/doc went through about 6 different meds before we found the right one and it does work for me.
I am active during the day. I play mah jongg twice a week and I volunteer and I take quite a few classes. This year I have met exactly one new friend. I can count on one hand the friends I have to do things with. Sometimes I call a friend at night but there are only so many times you can call someone. I do go out on weekends about once a month with a friend, to a movie or dinner. I am trying to sell my house so I am busy cleaning closets etc.
Most weekends my oldest son comes and spends the weekend with me and we run errands and go for dinner. I know I am counting on my son to keep me company and stave off the loneliness. He doesn't have many friemds and he enjoys coming home for the weekend.
I have an eye problem so I can't drive at night so that limits my activities. I am not one to join a meetup group. That is not me.
I guess what I am saying is how do I cope with these terrible feelings of loneliness. I cry a lot and sometimes I think my heart will break. I have heard that very lonely people die much younger because of loneliness.
I can't even figure why I am writing all this as I don't know what would help. I am a people person and I need people to talk to at night but I quickly run through my list. Keeping busy is not so easy when you are feeling low. It is hard to make a move to do something. Don't suggest I get a roommate. I am going to be moving to a small condo. I am hoping I will meet people in a condo building. I guess I have run out of anything else to say. Just wanted to get these feelings out.