I find that working from home can be quite lonely. Some days I actually wish I could go into an office and talk with co-workers (these are not the days I’m outside enjoying the weather, but still).  This isn’t quite so bad when your job entails conference calls or video based meetings, but many home based jobs, such as freelance writing, is nothing more than you, your computer, and your thoughts.

If you’re feeling lonely working from home, it is completely normal. It usually takes people a long time to adjust to the idea of working from home, alone, but even those who have worked from home for years feel bouts of loneliness now and again. It is a part of working from home, but fortunately there are things you can do to battle this feeling:

Top 3 Ways I Battle Loneliness When Working from Home

1. Get Out of the House – Sometimes it just takes seeing people to feel less lonely. I know you work “home,” but most people have a project or two where they can grab their laptop and head to a coffee shop or bakery. In fact, I will bet that if you were to visit somewhere like a coffee shop you would see a lot of single people on their laptops, likely working from “home.” It’s simply the energy that matters, not necessarily actual conversations.

2. Join Social Media – This is a slippery slope because some people who work from home simply can’t handle having social media so close. It can certainly be addicting and distracting, but it can also be a great way to exercise your mind on different tasks. If you can discipline yourself to only use social media at certain times of the day, or even consider blocking them during most of the day, it could be a great way to share and discuss the latest news in your industry. I know that I have learned a lot of great ways to improve my line of work by connecting and talking with other via social media.

3. Set Up Video Conferences – It’s always a good idea to have a weekly meeting with your co-workers and/or boss. Even if you don’t have anything specific or urgent to say, it’s good to catch up and get a little bit of interaction. Make it a priority to set up some sort of video session each week.

The most important thing to remember when feeling lonely is that you are not alone. Regardless how long you have been working from home, everyone needs a little bit of interaction once and a while. I find that blogs such as Working Naked are a great place to talk about working from home and some tips to keep it exciting.

Have you ever felt lonely working from home? What did you do to change it?

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Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to VoIP phone service. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including how to start a business to small businesses and entrepreneurs for the leading business directory, Business.com.