December 2021: Relating to being alone

We have reached the end of another eventful year! Well done to all. It is a wonderful time of the year but, for some, the holiday season brings feelings of loneliness that can be felt whether living alone or with others. Here are some tips to assist you during this time:

  • Sit with the feeling. While the feeling of loneliness is not a pleasant one it is a common and relevant human emotion. If it lasts there is support to assist you move through loneliness.
  • Journal. It is useful to have a journal, paper and pen or electronic, where you can write your thoughts and feelings and what happened during the day. You can also use this to reflect on what you are thankful and grateful for.
  • Make a daily/weekly plan. This plan should include a time to plan for the next day/week physical activity, activities with family and friends, intellectual/educational activities, self care activities (including mental health), housekeeping, fun activities and hobbies that you may enjoy, work. Think online and offline. 

Don’t let loneliness take hold, seek help! 

During working hours do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] or [email protected]acetorelatepsychology.com.au or 0421 070 037. Please note, my first day of leave is Thursday December 23 and first day back January 13, 2021.

 

After hours, some 24/7 numbers you can call for support are:

  • Lifeline, 13 11 14, https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 
  • NSW Mental Health Line, 1800 011 511, https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/mental-health-line.aspx
  • Kids Helpline, 1800 551 800, https://kidshelpline.com.au/
  • Direct Line, 1800 888 236, https://www.directline.org.au/
  • MensLine Australia, 1300 789 978, https://mensline.org.au/
  • Suicide call back service, 1300 659 467, https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
  • Beyond Blue, 1300 224 636, https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
  • Your local hospital (emergency department).

 

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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