Combating Loneliness this Holiday Season

Managing Isolation

For some, the holidays can bring up feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can lead to depression. Below are five tips to help combat loneliness. 

  1. Talk about your feelings and experiences with family, friends, or a mental health professional. You’re not alone to feel anxious or worried. By talking to others about how you’re feeling will help increased validation and you can lean on each other for support.
  2. Schedule a time to call your friends and family.
  3. Use your phone or a computer to attend virtual classes. For example, you can participate in a yoga class, an academic course, a cooking class, or an arts and crafts class.
  4. Play an online game with your friends and family.
  5. Attend a virtual concert or church. 

 

Reconnecting with Others

If you’re feeling alone this holiday season, consider reaching out to people in your life or reconnecting with people from your past. 

Below are some ways to get started:

  • Identify people to contact: List at least 3 people that provide you with support and enjoy talking to
  • Channel of communication: Describe how you want to contact them. You can call, text, or video-call. Or you may want to reach out to them on social media. 
  • Schedule a time to chat: It can be helpful to schedule a time to chat. This can help keep you accountable for contacting the person.
  • Set a recurring time to connect: Think about how often you would like to reach out to your social network. It may be daily or weekly. What do you think would be best for you at this time.
  • Expand your social network: Is there anyone who you haven’t spoken to in a while? This is a great segway to reconnect with them. Give them a call to check-in and see how they’re doing.