Are you looking for easy ways to connect with other people at Christmas? Sure there is giving gifts, but what about looking beyond traditional gift giving?
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? Working on how you view social situations to reduce your feelings of loneliness is very important, but here are 7 easy and practical strategies you can do to reach out to others.
Find 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 etc.
Have you tried some of these? How did you go? Do you have any other tips to share?
And remember, together we can create connections that make a difference in your life and those of others.
If you want to listen to more about creating connections, you may enjoy listening to my podcast - Creating Connections that Matter.
Until next time, take care of yourself
* 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 Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.