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Coping with loneliness this festive season

PUBLISHED: 22 Nov 2023

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While for many, the Christmas season is a time of joy, laughter and cherished moments with loved ones, some of us might find this time of year challenging.

Loneliness can cast a shadow over the festive spirit, but there are things you can do and people you can talk to, to make things a little easier.

Be Kind to Yourself: This season, do something special for yourself. Whether it’s treating yourself to doing something special, enjoying your favourite comfort food, or simply taking a moment to reflect and appreciate your own worth.

Open Up About Your Feelings: Remember, it’s okay not to be okay. Share your feelings with those close to you, or feel free to speak to us by calling the GroceryAid helpline on 08088 0251 122. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year. Talking about your emotions can really help and by calling our helpline, you can get confidential, in the moment support from a BACP trained counsellor.

Reconnect with Old Friends: Reach out to old friends you may have lost touch with over the years. Maybe it’s a former colleague you shared some great memories with or a neighbour you haven’t seen in a while.

Work on your Wellbeing: By prioritising self-care, you can boost self-esteem, reduce stress and enhance resilience. Our free online health and wellbeing platform is filled with useful information and bitesize courses to help you prioritise your wellbeing. Visit https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/emotional/online-health-and-wellbeing-support/ to get started.

Join an Online Social Club: You can now find groups and clubs online for many different interests and hobbies. You’ll find like-minded individuals who may be experiencing similar challenges and it’s an excellent way to socialise from the comfort of your own home.

Practising Mindfulness: Mindfulness activities encourage presence in the moment, soothing feelings of isolation. Our free online health and wellbeing platform has a variety of valuable resources available to support your mindfulness practice. You can access it here: https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/emotional/online-health-and-wellbeing-support/

And finally, remember that you are not alone in feeling the way you do. Our team of experts are only a phone call away if you need them. Call the GroceryAid helpline on 08088 021 122 anytime, day or night.

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