In a recent survey, 33% of people reported that their primary cause of holiday stress was loneliness. Unfortunately, the holidays can intensify feelings of loneliness and despair, particularly for those who will be spending the holidays, well, ALONE.
Put your day on hold for a moment and think about your coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors. Even if you don’t know them personally, try to think about them individually and answer these questions: Has anyone struggled through a major life change? Has anyone lost a loved one? Has anyone ended a relationship? Has anyone seemed sad or withdrawn?
Most of us can think of someone, especially when we pause and actually think about others in our community. Perhaps this awareness will turn into an opportunity for you to reach out or lend support in some way. Although small to you, a simple gesture or genuine acknowledgement might just mean the world to someone else.
Many of us think of gift giving in the material sense. But we have the opportunity to give a gift that money can’t buy. This year, consider giving the gift of emotional support to someone in need.
And if you find yourself lonely or struggling during the holidays, don’t suffer in silence. Ask for help, confide in a friend, or seek out support. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255.