a time to share gifts, warmth, and hugs. Unfortunately, that is never the case
with everyone; In fact, the lonely get lonelier during this time.
struggling to fit in, Christmas is a time when those few people you had in your
circle go off to be with their families. It is typical for many people to experience
loneliness and isolation when the jingle bells and mistletoes are in the
Why lonely when others make merry?
blame it on the media - there is that perfect Christmas image that we have been
made to believe in since we were kids. You have seen it on TV, in the press and
social media; the family who get along ,having a great time, the dinner parties,
the gifts and smiles. All that could make you feel inadequate.
also be that your family doesn’t get along perfectly when Facebook and
Instagram speak otherwise about your colleagues and friends. On the other hand,
other lonely people on Christmas don’t have a family to go home to, as in the
case of expatriates far from home. The
well-worn phrase that says the money is the root of all evil applies in this
case too; without enough money to travel home to be with your family, you will
likely spend your Christmas wallowing in loneliness.
Overcoming loneliness is necessary
takes a toll on mental health and emotional strength. A lonely person is
continuously sad and feels empty. They gradually sink into depression and start
feeling worthless. The sufferers feel isolated, neglected and deprived.
season might open the Pandora’s Box of loneliness and inadequacies but without
care all that could spiral into a mental health crisis. It so often happens
that lonely people befriend the bottle, casual sex or white powder, just
anything to make them forget that they are alone.
data from the CDC, men are 4 percent more likely to commit suicide than women.
It is probably because women are naturally better at making new connections.
Suicide is a high risk for divorced and widowed men, and Christmas is the hot
corner down the road.
The knock effect of loneliness on work
after the season, the adverse impact that Christmas loneliness had on the mind
of workers can be damning at work. Employers would have to deal with an
employee(s) who has lost focus or struggling with addiction and low
What employers can do
bonus: Financial stress could be the primary cause of anxiety and loneliness. A
Christmas bonus can go a long way to help employees travel and be with family
and afford to facilitate all other social functions in the festive period.
done by Harris Interactive shows that 73 % of all employees prefer a Christmas
bonus to a party.
cards: A Christmas card might sound like a small thing, but employees far away
from home would surely appreciate it. Some of your workers might have been
secluded by family due to their beliefs or sexual orientations or just a silly
row. A card can help to cheer them up.
Reach out on
the phone: It could be a simple text message or a phone call. A friendly
conversation can help to lift the spirits of an employee who lacks human
during Christmas is a common occurrence due to various reasons - top among them
alienation from family, financial stress and loss of family members. It often
leads to a downturn in mental health, causing anxiety and depression that can
affect performance at work long after Christmas is done and dusted. Employers
can take steps to be there for their workers by putting the right measures in
place early enough.
yourselves and others this Christmas.