The festive season can be a difficult time of year for many. If you’re worried about someone else this festive season, we've got some tips to help you reach out.
For some, the festive season is a time of joy and celebration. For others, the pressure of the holiday season can feel overwhelming, especially this year as households brace themselves for higher bills. As we approach the end of a difficult year, we know that a lot of people may be struggling to get into the ‘festive spirit’.
This holiday season is more important than ever for us to stay connected. Whether together or apart, we want to help you feel confident in supporting others who may be struggling. If you think someone might not be coping, reach out and start a conversation. Let them know that it’s OK not to feel OK this time of year. It could be over a cup of tea and a mince pie, or during a walk in your local area. If you can’t be with them in person, try a video call, phone call, text message or even a card.
Starting a conversation can be the first step in letting someone know that they’re not alone this Christmas. Sometimes simply asking how they are can be all they need to break the silence and talk about how they’re feeling.
You don’t need to be an expert – just listening can help someone work through what's on their mind. If you’re unsure of how to start a difficult conversation, our SHUSH Listening tips can help.
Our How to support someone you're worried about pages have more tips on how to be an active listener. There you’ll find advice on signs that someone may not be OK and tips for supporting someone online. There is also advice for looking after yourself if you are supporting someone else.
Remember, this time of year means something different to each of us. There are all sorts of reasons why someone may be finding it hard to cope. By listening without judgement and giving someone the space to share what’s on their mind, you can let friends and family know you’re there for them.
Supporting someone you’re worried about this Christmas
- Age UK have put together tips on how you can encourage people to reach out for support this winter
- Cruse Bereavement Care have advice on how to support someone who is grieving
- From cooking to creating a cosy space, here are some activities you can do with your loved ones, to help you get through the colder months.
Page updated: 30 November 2022