Social Isolation Affects Many People at Christmas
No one should have to spend Christmas alone but it is becoming more apparent especially with the sick and the elderly. Social isolation and loneliness during the festive season is nowadays an escalating problem in today’s society. When some of us are spending time with family and friends, celebrating the festive season, there are other people who are sitting alone at home after having lost loved ones or whose family live a long distance from home. Getting through the Christmas period can become a seemingly difficult ordeal, causing loneliness and stress-related chronic conditions like depression and anxiety.
We all have a responsibility to look out for those who may be suffering isolation and loneliness. It might be as simple as:
- Checking in with your neighbour
- Inviting someone without family or friends to join your Christmas meal
- Phoning a friend or family member on Christmas day
- Doing something in the community like volunteering to pack hampers, writing Christmas cards, donating a gift or purchasing a present and placing it under the tree in the shopping centre.
Over Christmas, the need to try and reduce isolation and loneliness is more important than ever. Please be mindful of these people, who may be less fortunate than ourselves as we progress toward the festive season. It only takes one act of kindness to have a huge impact and make a real difference to another person’s life this Christmas and can be the first step towards combating social isolation and loneliness.
If you have any great ideas that you would like to share, of how we as a community can help those that are isolated or lonely to have a better Christmas this year, please feel free to share as I would love to hear from you.