It’s important to focus on the positives and boost your mood if you’re facing loneliness this festive season.
This year, many more people will be spending Christmas and New Year alone, due to the pandemic and restrictions.
We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help boost your mood. The best thing is, they can be used all year round!
Indulge in your hobbies
Staying occupied is a great way to distract you from dwelling on being lonely. Have a think about the different hobbies you might have and what you enjoy doing and spend your day doing them.
This could be anything from knitting, painting or reading, to cleaning, organising the house or having a relaxing bubble bath.
Go for a walk
Wrap up warm and head out for a long walk. This is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and fresh air and daylight is great for mental health and wellbeing.
A great way to boost spirits is to give back to others. Seek out refuges, food banks and charities in your area who might be seeking volunteers to dish out food and warm clothing/blankets.
It’s not the same as seeing people face-to-face, but it can help to see friends and family virtually.
If you have a smart phone, have someone teach you how to use FaceTime and catch up with loved-ones whenever you fancy.
If you are still struggling with loneliness, check out our list of helplines for charities you can contact during these difficult times.
Let’s Talk Loneliness also provides a list of more organisations that might be able to help.