It’s okay to not be okay this Christmas….
Everyone needs connection. We are habitually social creatures which is why loneliness and isolation can impact your physical and mental wellbeing.
Families and friends coming together over the festive period can often heighten feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
But there are some simple things we can do to make sure that everyone within our communities stay connected and look out for each other.
It might sound simple but telling someone you are lonely is so important.
There is a stigma attached to loneliness and social isolation but communities are often unaware that someone might be lonely because they have hidden themselves away and don’t talk.
By communicating with each other we can start to make those connections which change people’s lives.
For younger people the Lonely Not Alone online space is a great resource for young people to share stories and share messages of support.
Say hello to your neighbours, chat to someone you might not usually speak to while out for a walk, ask someone how they are, go to the supermarket checkout with a person sat behind the till. Small actions can create bigger reactions.
If you anchor yourself within your community and bring some routine to your day, you will start to build up a network of people around you.
Social connections are key to our wellbeing. Social prescribing can help people find the people and places they need to be happier and healthier.
This might be having someone you can chat to when you need to, or someone who helps you navigate local services that could benefit you.
Knock on your neighbour’s door and hand deliver them a Christmas card.
Make time for a conversation, a social interaction with a neighbour, be it a chat or a smile, is an acknowledgement of their existence and an act of kindness which will go a long way.
Taking time to make regular phone calls helps you stay connected to the people who care about you.
A 10-minute conversation can make a huge difference to someone who spends a lot of time on their own.
A person isn’t defined by their loneliness, it is something they experience over time.
We offer volunteering opportunities which can make a huge difference to someone experiencing loneliness and isolation.
Our befriending service has been running for more than 20 years and matches people with people to create friendships that make life better.
We’ve seen loneliness eased and lives changed, all through the simple power of human connection.
Give the gift of friendship
If you found this useful and you would like to give the Gift of Friendship this festive season you can donate to Together Co’s Christmas Appeal.
This will support us to make more connections in 2023 and beyond!
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