Coping with loneliness at Christmas

Posted on: 14/12/2022

Many people spend Christmas alone, and loneliness at Christmas can be particularly hard. You might be lonely at Christmas for a number of different reasons, such as the death of a loved one, living far from relatives, or because of social isolation.

How to ease loneliness this Christmas

Consider how you’d like to spend your time over Christmas so you can plan ahead.

Think about all the things you enjoy doing – or never usually have time to do. There may be some Christmas specials on TV, or a film or boxset you’ve been meaning to watch. You could also:

  • start a new book
  • do a jigsaw puzzle – challenge yourself and go for one with lots of pieces
  • try a new craft or skill, such as knitting, painting, writing or using new technology
  • cook or bake
  • wish a neighbour a ‘Merry Christmas’
  • volunteer at a local organisation
  • attend a carol service

If you can, try to get outside – even if it’s just for a short walk. Getting outside for some light exercise can lift your mood, as well as keep you active. Head somewhere you can connect with nature, if possible, whether it’s in your own back garden or a local park.

Think of other ways to treat yourself too, such as buying yourself a small gift, taking a long, relaxing bath or wearing your comfiest pyjamas.

You’re not alone with loneliness

If you’re on your own, take heart in the knowledge that you’re not the only one. If you have loved ones you’d like to connect with over Christmas, maybe take 10 minutes to give them a call. It may well boost their spirits as well as yours. Whether it’s a video call, phone call, text message, sending a Christmas card or writing a letter – there are plenty of ways to stay in touch.

Where to turn for support and advice

If you’re feeling lonely or low over Christmas, there are support groups and charities you can contact.

  • The British Red Cross – Their support line is available if you’re feeling lonely and want to talk to someone. Telephone 0808 196 3651 for their support line.
  • Samaritans – Freephone 116 123. If you need someone to talk to, you can call the helpline any time of day or night, any day of the year, including Christmas Day.
  • Cruse Bereavement Support offers bereavement support. Call their helpline on 0808 808 1677.

We hope that this article helps if you are struggling with loneliness this Christmas.