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The first thing Bayard advised me to do was take inventory of people I know and who they know. It wasn't just Lil who benefitted from Megan's weekly visits.
She says being a teen mum was very lonely as she didn't know anyone her age who was a parent. The year-old got a new job in Spain in July and struggled to find friends. Who are the people you sometimes see at the same parties and share mutual friends, but never have one-on-one conversations?
She contacted them and was set up with Lil, Most people, I thought, make friends without a strategy or game plan. We met a handful of times over the years and she casually always invited me to them at a yoga class. Since then, he's developed a friendship group through gaming and has friends in Texas, Sweden and the UK - and they've met up several times in the flesh too.
I decided to keep our appointment. I wrote each challenge down and devoted at least one week to following through on them.
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to young people about how they have tackled it - from finding friends online, bonding over Minecraft or simply calling mum. I felt ready to hear what Bayard had in store for me and was happy to know that there were tor three challenges she wanted me to tackle over the next month to help me make friends.
Those with social anxiety struggle because they are in their head and second guess themselves. Let's go and do something together. Start there.
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But before I did, I asked Bayard for advice on what to say. For Lydia ffor was made even more difficult because of the pandemic. I know almost everything about all of them.
I did exactly what Bayard advised and messaged her on Instagram. The year-old got a flyer through her door from the charity Together Co, which has a befriending service.
He met his first gaming friends when he started playing Minecraft at I told her I almost canceled our session lomely of pure shame. All my friends are married with.
Lydia matched with Anna, also 24, and from the UK. Someone she knew recommended the friendship app Bumble BFF.
So with Covid restrictions still in place and winter looming, how can you beat loneliness? The office for looikng statistics ONS spoke to more than 4, people in Britain and a quarter said they are always, often or sometimes lonely.
Bayard was patient and listened to me vent. She advised me to send that person a message on Instagram asking them to get coffee.