Hi everyone I’m Lauren from Wool of the King. I’m so excited to be posting on Lauren’s blog. This post is all about how to try and combat loneliness over the festive season.
The festive season can be so exciting for so many of us, but for some people, it can be the loneliest time of all. For example, if you have lost a loved one then Christmas could really remind you of the loss you feel while you’re supposed to be celebrating but you’re missing someone.
I am by no means a mental health professional but I just wanted to write some advice that I think could be helpful to some people, and that has been helpful for me. Even if it only helps one person. I also want to let you know that you are not alone. Sadly, a lot of people this year may also have to self-isolate over Christmas which can feel quite lonely at times so it’s important to do what we can for ourselves and others to help fight loneliness.
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TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT FEELING LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS
If you know someone who could be feeling lonely, reach out
A lot of people don’t have a lot of people they can celebrate with for Christmas, if you already know someone like this then reach out to them. Even just a Facetime could make their day and if you are feeling lonely yourself, reaching out to someone could help you too. Make sure to check on all of your family and friends. With a lockdown and self-isolation some people could feel lonelier than ever, so it’s extra important this year.
Make sure you keep a routine over the holidays
We all know that the period between Christmas and New Year is a weird one. It could leave you feeling a little lost so try to plan your days out over that week. Even if it’s just planning to watch a certain film on one of the days, having things to look forward to will help. For me in this time period, I will probably have to plan which parts of my latest assignment I’m going to do as I have a deadline in January.
This kind of coincides with my last point. Keeping busy with plans, even if you do have to stay at home, you should try to keep yourself busy. If nothing else, this will be a distraction from the potential loneliness. I have a post all about Christmas activities you can do at home, featuring some really talented bloggers and their wonderful ideas.
If you are really struggling with loneliness and low mood then please visit one of these free UK listening services, offering confidential advice from trained volunteers:
Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a reply within 24 hours.
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19.
If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
If you are in immediate danger, call 999.
Where to find Lauren:
Blog – wooloftheking.com
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