Only a few weeks until the man in the red suit will be climbing down our chimneys and sprinkling festive cheer into our lives! Christmas is such a happy, joyous time where family and friends get together to celebrate- but what happens if you have no family? What happens if you have no friends? Without intention we can often make those struggling with isolation feel even more lonely as they see our smiling faces and hear our continuous laughter. I can only imagine how difficult the festive period would be without someone special to share it with.
Did you know that almost half a million people over the age of 65 years go without speaking to someone for a whole week? Nobody to vent to, nobody to encourage you and nobody to support you. Nobody to laugh with, cry with, eat with and wake up to. It is so important to appreciate a ‘good morning’ coming from the kitchen as you leave for work or ‘how was your day?’. So many people pray for exactly that.
Approximately one million elderly people in the UK claim to experience increased loneliness throughout December. This is heart breaking. If you have time, take a minute to click here to watch a short video produced by Channel 4 about the Campaign to End Loneliness.
Unfortunately, we are all likely to know someone who feels lonely, even if they do not admit it. It could be our neighbours, friends or even our families. Often we are so self-absorbed that we often forget to provide support and happiness to those who may have very little to look forward to throughout their day. This Christmas, if we all make a small change, it will make a big difference. Why not post a Christmas card to your neighbour? Even better, have a chat with them and pass on a card personally. If you have grandparents and older relatives make an effort to give them a phone call- you might be the only person they have spoken to that day. I see a lady every morning stood with her cat in the window, watching the world go by, and her face beams with happiness when I smile and wave at her. It’s the little things that count.
Of course, it isn’t just the elderly who experience loneliness. At different times of our lives we will all feel alone. Sometimes we feel lonely despite being surrounded by more people than ever before. The same applies for anyone you think may need a friend- make yourself open and available.
If anyone reading this feels lonely, to any extent, and has nobody to confide in- do not hesitate to use the contact tab on this blog to contact me. Depending on the circumstances I could help to signpost you to organisations, clubs or services that could help you to find people with similar interests. Also, I am more than happy to be an online pen pal via my blog.
How do you take time out of your day to support others?
Until next time,
Kayleigh Rose x