Loneliness during the festive season

Dec 2023

The festive season can be a difficult time for many people, especially those who feel lonely. Loneliness is a feeling that can be difficult to describe, but it’s something that many of us experience at some point in our lives. It’s a subjective emotion that can make us feel like our social relationships are insufficient, especially when we compare ourselves to others. The festive season, with its images of gift-giving, socialising, family togetherness and excess, can often exacerbate these feelings that you may be missing something, or feelings of loneliness.

If you’re dealing with any of these challenges, the 360Health team provides some tips:

  1. Acknowledge your emotions: Take a moment to reflect on how you’re feeling. Whatever emotions come up for you, know that they’re valid. It’s easier to respond to challenges when you can accurately name and understand your emotions.
  2. Be realistic: It’s important to be realistic about your expectations this festive season, no matter what your situation looks like. It can be hard to do this when we’re bombarded with images of the perfect festive season from movies and social media. Remember that it’s okay to spend time with friends instead of family.
  3. Connect with others: Reach out to old friends, colleagues, or neighbours. Engaging in volunteer work and maintaining active memberships of sporting or community organisations are also associated with reduced social isolation.
  4. Be kind to yourself: Practice good self-care by getting good rest, eating healthy, and doing things that make you happy.

Remember that it’s okay to seek professional help if you’re struggling with loneliness during the holidays. As a MetLife customer, you have access to 360Health which can connect you with mental health specialists online to help with the challenges of feeling lonely. The service allows you, your partner, and children (over 18 years) to access a confidential, in-depth mental health review from a team of Australian-based experts and get your general mental health questions answered online.

The information provided in this blog (the Content) is general information only and is not health or medical advice. If you have a health or medical concern, please seek professional medical advice immediately. 360Health services are provided by a third party, Teladoc Health Pty Limited which is a separate and independent entity to MetLife Insurance Limited (ABN 75 004 274 882, AFSL No. 238096) (MetLife). While the Content is based on resources that MetLife believes to be well-documented, MetLife is not responsible for the accuracy of the Content, and you rely on the Content at your own risk. Each person’s condition and health circumstances are unique, and therefore the Content may not apply to you. The Content is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your licensed health care professional for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting or changing your health regimen, including seeking advice regarding what drugs, diet, exercise routines, physical activities or procedures are appropriate for your particular condition and circumstances.

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