Tools for overcoming loneliness

Ideas and activities to help you make the most of your resources.

Making the most of your resources

Everybody has resources available to them, but this does not just mean money or tools.

Having a wide range of resources can make us more resilient. People often have more resources than they think.

Which of the following do you think is a resource?

  • Other people
  • Books
  • Internet searches
  • Organisations

The answer is: all of them.

A resource is something we can call on to help us. It could be your family and neighbours, a religious organisation or a social club.

Thinking about your resources

Think about when you will use your resources.

Which would be most useful to you if you were filling out a form, having a cup of tea with friends, going to the doctors, applying for a job, or looking for help at home?

How do your resources also help you feel more connected or less lonely? Draw a circle with you in the middle and then write around it how all your different resources help you. How does thinking about your resources make you feel?

Being resilient

You will often hear about the importance of being resilient. Resilience means keeping going even when things are difficult. Our resources help build resilience, by identifying someone or something we can turn to for support, guidance or help. 

  • How do your different resources make you more resilient? Think of something which happened to you and how your resources helped you.

  • How can you be a helpful resource for someone else? Write down different ways you can help others, like listening to their concerns, posting a letter for them, or helping them get to the shops.

    How does being someone else’s resource make you feel?

More resources you might find useful

The British Red Cross has created a range of resources for building confidence and connecting with others. You can find out more about the project, or click the links below to get started.

Make connections

Build coping skills