Feeling lonely at Christmas

Christmas isn’t a happy time for everyone. If you’re feeling lonely, isolated or like you can’t talk to people then we’re here to help.

Lots of people can feel lonely or isolated at Christmas. If you’re struggling to cope over the holidays then there are some things you can do to make things easier:

  • Do things to help you feel good
    Take time each day to do one thing that makes you feel good or proud. It could be watching something you enjoy, starting a new hobby or even just tidying up.
  • Take care of yourself
    When you’re feeling down and you’re out of a regular routine, it can be hard to take care of yourself sometimes. Make sure you’re taking time to eat healthily and keep up a healthy sleep routine. Try using the Calm Zone to find ways to feel better.
  • Talk about it
    Being honest about how you’re feeling can really help. Try sharing how you’re feeling with someone you trust or on the Childline message boards. Let people close to you know if there are particular days you’re worried about. You can also let your feelings out in the mood journal.
  • Plan for the new year
    Think about small goals for after the new year and remind yourself that Christmas won’t last forever.
  • Get help if things get too much
    Try making a mental health first aid kit for if things get too much. Remember that if you need support, you can always talk to Childline.

Childline is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week during Christmas. Want to get your feelings out? Why not write us an email.