Finding your strength – tackling loneliness in Christmas time - Mental Health & Wellbeing Show

Finding your strength – tackling loneliness in Christmas time

Loneliness is widely perceived as a weakness and it often brings up other negative feelings such as sadness, fear, or even anger. Once we find ourselves caught up in this vicious circle of blaming ourselves and others for our loneliness, it becomes hard to find a way back to our reasonable side.

Christmas time can be especially tough if we are about to spend it on our own, because all we can see around promotes this time of the year as the time to reconnect with family and friends. This festive season, however, for many people can also be a reminder of loss of loved ones. Those people often choose to be alone as the celebrations might be too overwhelming for them.

Loneliness might or might not be a matter of choice. What is important is that we learn to support ourselves and our loved ones through it.

It does not matter whether you choose to be alone or you unintentionally feel lonely even when surrounded by people. All you need to know is that is your choice to decide what to do with this feeling and how to manage it. It might be harder than you may think but you might also get surprised when you find out that it was not as hard as you thought.

We prepared a piece of advice for all the people struggling with loneliness regardless of whether you are the one struggling with it yourself or you want to help out others. On December 9th, we also have a free webinar focused on how we can support others who are lonely during Christmas time. Please click here to read more and book your space. 

Reach out to an old friend.

Reconnecting with an old friend might seem scary or out of place but there is nothing better than getting in touch with someone who you’ve been friends before. You might get surprised how much in common you still have, even if you have chosen completely different paths and have not talked for years.

2.     Read a good book.

Dedicate a half an hour or an hour daily to get into a different reality. Books can serve as amazing distraction, and once you get lost in a good book you start to live character’s life. Dynamic characters have a great power of making you forget about your own issues.

3.     Sign up for Christmas workshops.

Search for workshops which might be taking place in your community and join the one’s you are interested in or curious about. You can look them up online, as you can participate in many of those from your living room. Whether it is face to face or online, the connection with others is always a good way to take your mind off of the negative thoughts. We also offer a great course focused on tackling loneliness over Christmas. Make sure to check it out and learn new techniques of managing with loneliness.

4.     Volunteer with a local charity.

You might not realize it at first, but you are not the only one struggling. There is a great chance that you will help someone who’s helped you before. Volunteering increases the feeling of belonging and it is a positive way to make you feel good.

5.     Set a goal to talk to at least one person a day.

Start with being aware of your loneliness. Once you realize you feel it, you might as well try to do something about it. Simply asking one person how their day was might start a nice conversation. You never know when you can hear something motivating, and other people are the best source of inspiration.

Remember: loneliness is not lack of company; it is lack of purpose.

If you would like to learn more, our webinar from 10am – 12pm on 9th December will provide handy advice and tips on supporting lonely people. 

Click here to book a free space. 

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