How to Cope With Loneliness During Public Holidays

Holidays like Easter are typically a time for families and friends to come together and spend time with each other, but these times of year, especially with the longer Bank Holiday weekends, can be a real challenge for people who live alone, or who don’t have friends or family who live nearby. Sometimes it can feel as if there’s so much pressure to go out and do things with loved ones, especially with the rise of social media, and this can be a strong trigger if you’re experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

We are constantly bombarded with advertisements showcasing happy families, beaming smiles, food to be shared and gifts galore, and all these things only enhance those feelings of loneliness. If you struggle with social anxiety, holidays can become particularly stressful as you try to navigate feelings of discomfort, worry, and sometimes even panic. This can be just as isolating, especially if you don’t have a solid support network around you. 

So, how do you cope with feeling lonely at Easter, or any public holiday? The first thing is to try to keep in touch with people. Even if you’re worried about or not able to meet up with people on the day itself, a phone call can go a long way to helping you feel less isolated. You could also see if there are any community events in your local area. Churches and community centres often host coffee mornings and drop-in sessions throughout the year, and especially over the holidays, and these are a great chance for you to get out and meet new people. 

You may also want to explore other local groups that cater to your own interests, such as sports clubs, a book club or conservation groups as an example. You may even find that these groups host special activities over public holidays as these are the times when most people are likely to have time off from their working lives. Joining a group of like-minded individuals doing something you love is a great way to make new friends – something that becomes increasingly more difficult as we get older – helping you to feel less lonely as a result.

Another great way to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation is to volunteer. You may wish to help out at an event, or even visit elderly patients in hospital or spend time with residents in care homes. Many of these people are likely to be feeling lonely too and volunteering can be very rewarding, not just for the feeling that you’ve done something good for someone else, but also for your own health and sense of wellbeing.

If you’re not able to do anything on the day itself, perhaps reach out to friends or colleagues and organise a get-together for the near future, that way you’ll have something to look forward to, and it’ll help to take the pressure off feeling like you have to do something over the long weekend. Sometimes, just having a date in the diary can help to ease those feelings of loneliness and bring out feelings of excitement instead. 

If none of these suggestions are feasible for you at this time, try to spend some time outside in nature. A short walk in the sunshine (or rain!) will help to clear your head, and being out in the fresh air will do wonders for your mood. You may prefer to spend the day taking care of yourself instead. Settle down with your favourite book or movie, take a hot bath and do something for you. Sometimes when those feelings of loneliness creep in, we must remember to be kind to ourselves above all else. 

For many of us, periods of loneliness are brief and fleeting. It may be upsetting and uncomfortable now, but it will pass. But for a few of us, loneliness and isolation can persist. If you have been experiencing feelings of loneliness for a long time, there are a number of different ways to get support. It’s worth making an appointment with your GP, who will be able to refer you for further help if required. Otherwise there are many charities like Mind and the Samaritans, who offer advice and support and can signpost you to organisations who can offer you more specific help like coaching, if required.

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Together we can help you to craft the skills and mindset necessary to cultivate genuine and enduring relationships, both with yourself and others. If this sounds like this could be right for you at this time, why not schedule a short call with me and let’s explore how I can help you.

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