The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation. While traditional holiday gatherings and activities may be limited or modified, there are still ways to connect and stay in touch with loved ones.
If you’re feeling lonely over the festive period, know that you’re not alone. It’s completely normal to feel this way, especially during such a difficult time. However, there are things you can do to find support and stay safe.
One of the most important things you can do is reach out to others. Consider using video call apps like Zoom or Skype to have virtual holiday gatherings or simply catch up with friends and family. You can also join online communities or groups centered around your interests or hobbies, or even volunteer your time to help others in need.
Find ways to celebrate on your own: If you’re unable to be with loved ones during the holidays, it’s important to find ways to celebrate and create joy on your own. This could mean setting up a special holiday meal for yourself, watching your favorite holiday movies, or engaging in a hobby or activity you enjoy.
Practice self-compassion: It’s okay to feel lonely or sad during the holiday season. Allow yourself to feel and process your emotions, and practice self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness and understanding.
Connect with a recovery support group: If you’re in recovery from addiction or another mental health issue, it’s important to have a strong support system to help you through the holiday season. Consider connecting with a recovery support group, such as a 12-step program, to find additional support and accountability during this time. These groups can provide a safe and supportive space to talk about your struggles and celebrate your successes.
It’s also important to have a plan in place for managing triggers and avoiding situations that may be tempting or dangerous for your recovery. This may involve setting boundaries with friends and family, avoiding certain events or activities, or finding alternative ways to celebrate the holidays.
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and support during this time. Lean on your support network, and don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional or recovery support group if you need additional help managing your recovery during the holiday season.
It’s also important to take care of your mental health during the holiday season. This can mean setting boundaries and taking breaks from social media and other sources of stress, finding ways to relax and destress, and seeking professional help if needed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional or a support hotline. (Contact details are below)
Remember, it’s okay to feel lonely or isolated during the holiday season. But with a little effort and some help from others, you can get through this difficult time and come out stronger on the other side.
- Talk to Frank: 0300 123 6600
- Alcoholics Anonymous webchat
- Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
- Cocaine Anonymous: 0800 612 0225
- The Samaritans: 116 123
- Childline: 0800 1111
- If it’s an emergency or you don’t think you can keep yourself safe, please call 999 or go to A&E.
- If you or someone you know needs urgent care but it’s not life-threatening, call 111. If you’re in Wales call 0845 46 47.