Dealing with loneliness
Start the new year as you mean to go on - by making new friends
From Adam Pike, Co-Founder of SuperCarers
- Don’t let the socialising stop with the festivities. Once the holidays are over, it can be easy to retreat for a quiet January. But, make sure the socialising doesn’t stop once the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve and plan social activities with friends and family to get you through the January blues
- Knock on a door. With January being one of the least sociable months, it’s a good time to reach out and make sure no one is left isolated. Why not try knocking on new neighbours’ doors to introduce yourself? You never know, you might make some new friends in your local community. Find more tips on being a good neighbour here
- Join a club. From book clubs for book worms to gardening clubs for the green fingered, the New Year is a great time to try new hobbies and there are groups out there for everyone. Even if you aren’t very active, clubs are a great way to meet people
- Cook a meal. Food brings people together and a hot meal is always welcome in the coldest months of the year. So, why not invite some friends round for dinner, join in a supper club or take a stew round to someone who can’t get out of the house much?
- Make some time for yourself. If you are the primary carer for an elderly relative and juggling the demands of a younger family, it can be tough to make time for yourself without feeling guilty. Finding out about quality care options in your area can help you to make time for yourself
- Give your time. Volunteering is a brilliant way to get stuck into your community. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, and there a lots of organisations out there who organise a huge range of different activities, from calls to isolated elderly people to running local coffee mornings
- Offer a helping hand. Getting around can be difficult at this time of year, especially when it’s dark and icy. If you have access to a car, why not think about helping out someone less mobile with their weekly shop?
- Start a conversation. Seeing a friendly face can be the best way to start the day and cheer someone up. From something as simple as a smile to starting a conversation, it only takes a moment, but it can make a huge difference
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