According to research by Macmillan, 16% of people living with cancer find Christmas one of the loneliest times of the year. In this blog, Content Developer Azmina gives tips for coping if you are
feeling lonely or isolated over the festive season.
People around you are celebrating, the streets are full of sparkly decorations and TV adverts bombard you with images of the perfect family Christmas, with all the trimmings. Yet, you may feel isolated from the festive cheer of others.
There are many reasons why you may feel more alone over the Christmas period. You may have to spend time in hospital or be unable to afford to visit relatives if you cannot work. Cancer treatment may make you very tired or change your sense of taste. This can make it more difficult to enjoy Christmas dinners, parties or family gatherings.
If you live by yourself, being ill can make you feel more vulnerable. The thought of spending Christmas Day alone can be a daunting prospect. Even if you are surrounded by people at Christmas, it may seem like nobody understands what you are going through.
5 tips for coping with loneliness at Christmas
Here are some tips to help you cope over the Christmas break:
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The most important thing this Christmas is to do what you’re comfortable with. Remember that some people will find these suggestions useful, but different things work for different people. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and if something isn't working for you or doesn’t feel possible right now, that's ok. You can always try something else, or try again another time.
For more information about coping with loneliness, you can order a free copy of Macmillan’s booklet How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer at be.macmillan.org.uk
You can also use our Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer. It has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. It is regularly updated and you can use it to search for our resources and those from other organisations.
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