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How to Cope with Loneliness During the Holidays

We’re told time after time how this time of year is the “most wonderful time of year”. But for some, it’s not. For those who are grieving, the holidays can strike up a different tune. Many people have hard times remembering holidays past and, perhaps, better times.


But grief isn’t just about loss. People can grieve for many different reasons which can trigger a downward spiral into isolation and loneliness. It’s the loneliness that can cause people to feel inadequate, and struggle with feelings like worthlessness.


Loneliness doesn’t just attack when you are by yourself. You can be surrounded by a room full of people and still feel empty. As it turns out, loneliness can actually impact your physical health, too. It can increase

inflammation, heart disease- even high blood pressure. People who are lonely are at risk because they struggle to receive love and support.


The good news is, there are ways you can combat loneliness and isolation this holiday season that will boost your mood.


Connect with People


If you’re feeling lonely this holiday season, don’t be afraid to reach out for support. Call an old friend and arrange a coffee day or go for a walk with a coworker during lunch. Making meaningful connections and nurturing healthy relationships will help you feel valued and included.


Talk About Your Feelings


Feelings are natural reactions and responses to certain situations and scenarios. We all have emotions, and it’s always good to talk through your feelings. Don’t push things off or sweep issues under the rug. If you are feeling upset, angry, jealous, or sad, find a trusted companion to speak with.


Love The Life You Have


Social media has thoroughly glamorized each and everything. Though it provides a sense of community and connection, it also paves the way to dangerous comparisons. What we see in photos is likely NOT the reality of someone’s life. The endless Facebook scroll can trigger emotions like anxiety, stress, and sadness. Instead of fixating on the glamour of social media, focus on the good things you have in your life (that are real and unfiltered).


Most importantly, if you or someone you love is struggling with loneliness this holiday season, we’re here to support you! No one should have to suffer through the holidays feeling sad, anxious, or lonely. Our team is here to give you the support you need through the holidays and beyond.

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