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Combatting loneliness at Christmas

At Burley's, we provide care and support for yourself or your loved one whenever you need us. Whether you require help with medication, or simply want some company this Christmas, our team of carers are here to ensure you are looked after during the festive season. If you'd like to speak to someone about our home care, please call us today on 01425 470411.

We’d all love to spend the holidays with our loved ones but unfortunately it’s not always possible and for those who are spending it alone, Christmas can be an especially hard time. So, if you’re celebrating by yourself this year, we’ve put together a few tips to help you through the festive season.

Join a local Christmas Day lunch

It’s important to remember during the festive period that though you may feel it, you are not alone. Thousands are in the same position which is why there are lots of volunteer groups who organise community Christmas lunches for those who, for whatever reason, find themselves alone on the big day. So, why not sign up to enjoy a local dinner and meet new people over a mince pie or two? The Reengage website is a great way to find a Christmas lunch near you. 

Get online to socialise

If you find it difficult to get out and about, take part in Twitter’s #joinin campaign. This campaign was started by comedian Sarah Millican several years ago and aims to connect people on Christmas Day by providing a platform on which you can share stories. 

Talk to your doctor

If your feelings of isolation and loneliness are having a negative impact on your mental wellbeing, don’t be afraid to seek the advice of your GP. They’ll be able to talk you through your available options, including putting you in touch with local support groups. 

Volunteer your time

Volunteering your time to a worthwhile cause is not only highly rewarding but is also a great way to meet new people. Whether you volunteer in a local charity shop, soup kitchen or to go fundraising, try to pick a charity that inspires your passion. This will motivate you to get out there and do it as well as ensure you meet people who share similar interests to you.  

Call your loved ones

If you can’t be with your friends and family on Christmas, make sure to schedule in a phone call with each other so you can still feel part of the day. Better yet, arrange a Skype call or video chat to really feel like you’re all together. Make sure you agree a time before hand to ensure the dinner doesn't get burnt!

Go out for a walk

Exercise is proven to have great benefits not only for your physical health, but your mental wellbeing as well. So, if you’re feeling particularly alone on the big day, why not wrap up warm and go for a walk? The fresh air and exercise can work wonders and you’ll see there are lots of other people out and about who will be more than happy to stop and have a chat.