Are you looking for easy ways to connect with other people at Christmas?
Feeling connected is important for your mental health, with strong links between loneliness and depression; social connectedness and feeling happier. But where do you start? Changing your mindset around loneliness is an important part of feeling more connected, but gift giving provides you with a unique opportunity to reach out to others in a practical and tangible way.
It's wonderful to be able to choose gifts that reduce Christmas stress, but here's one way you can look beyond traditional gift giving and strengthen your connections.
Begin by finding a moment of quiet and think about people you have interacted with this year. It may be neighbours, family, friends, work mates, members of sporting groups, people you know through school, people you regularly buy groceries or other retail products from,, parents of your children’s friends, online connections etc.
Have you tried some of these? How did you go? Do you have any other tips to share? You can get in touch by sending me a direct email, or fill out the contact form below.
If you want to listen to more about creating connections, you may enjoy listening to my podcast - Creating Connections.
Until next time, take care of yourself
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* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Ross is a Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds and Essential Self-Care for Psychologists.