I Can't Talk To A Real Live PersonFeelingsI Can't Talk To A Real Live Person<div class="ExternalClassE07D9FEDEE00494BA2964EF8E3932E8F"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4">​<span>I can't sleep, which is unusual for me considering most of my days are spent sleeping for hours at a time. I can't help but feel so lonely, and I hate being in my own company. I don't have any true friends to fix this problem either, and to make it worse, I find it impossible to talk to anyone. I'm just confused on how to get better when <span style="white-space:nowrap;">I</span> can't even talk to a real life person without having a breakdown and embarrassing myself.  ​​</span></span></p></div><div class="ExternalClass5825FA41FAD14D7DB779E9D72E28E554"><p></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Thanks for reaching out today.  It sounds like you are feeling a bit lonely and wishing you could connect with a few people.  Sometimes when you have not done that for a long time, you might feel anxious about doing it too.  It is kind of like if you have not dived off the high board at the pool or not given a speech in front of the class for a long time, so it is harder the first time you do it again.  But, the more you practice the easier it becomes.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">It might sound odd but practice with family, practice in front of the mirror, and practice each and every time you walk into a public place.  Get confident with your body language.  When you give someone eye contact and a smile and a greeting, that is a sign that you are friendly, and it makes them more comfortable too.  When you make someone else feel good about themselves, they want to be around you too so keep that in mind.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">Right now it sounds like you are in a funk.  Try scheduling yourself a bit to get yourself in a good routine.  Set your alarm and get up at the same time every day.  Schedule in exercise whether you walk a pet, go for a bike ride or do yoga.  Schedule in brain time whether you do a crossword puzzle, read a novel, or play a board game.  Schedule in social time whether you volunteer somewhere  where you work with people, are just around others at a park or bookstore, and ask one friend to a movie.  You have to put yourself out there though right?  Who cares if 10 people say no if you ask them.  All you need is one "yes".</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">​Laura, Crisis Counselor​</span></p></div>17

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