Feeling Lonely This Holiday Period? You're Not Alone

SoulAdvisor | 22 Dec 2021
Feeling Lonely This Holiday Period? You're Not Alone

We often think of Christmas and the holiday period as a time to catch up with friends and family after a busy year. 

However, for many, this time of year brings about feelings of loneliness and isolation. While the experience of loneliness can be personal to each individual, loneliness in itself is now a universal phenomenon that touches on wider issues across social, economic, political, and environmental factors. It is widely reported that loneliness (the feeling of being lonely), social isolation, and living alone can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and can lead to depression and death. 

Promoting social connection is imperative for the overall wellbeing and health of people and our communities.  

In the United Kingdom, the first global Minister of Loneliness, Tracey Couch, was appointed in 2018. She said “Nobody should feel alone or be left with no one to turn to. Loneliness is a serious issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds, and it is right that we tackle it head on.”

A Short Documentary On Loneliness

'Loneliness in Aotearoa' is a short documentary directed and produced by Melissa Fergusson that will provide the viewer with a deeper understanding about loneliness, and raise social awareness for people who are experiencing loneliness, and how to reduce the impact of being lonely.  

The documentary explores the following questions with subject matter experts from New Zealand:

  • What is loneliness?
  • Why do you think loneliness exists?
  • Are the younger or older generations more impacted by loneliness?
  • Does social media make people more or less connected?
  • What can be done to reduce loneliness?
If you are feeling lonely, there are professionals that can assist you and support you to find connection, healing and an overall sense of wellness. Consider speaking with one of our psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors or reiki practitioners by clicking on the image below.
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About SoulAdvisor

Melissa Fergusson directed and produced the documentary film "Loneliness in Aotearoa' as part of her evidence-based research on loneliness, as a Masters student at Tech Futures Lab, Auckland. Fergusson is a writer, director and producer for screen and stage and has been for more than 10 years with over 30 productions now completed.

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