How to feel more connected this festive season

If you’ve ever felt lonely or stressed at the end of the year, you’re not alone.

Written by Editor Medibank
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For many Australians the festive season can be a stressful and lonely time. In fact, according to Loneliness Australia, 1 in 3 Australian adults report experiencing loneliness.

While loneliness can affect anyone at any time, some factors like stress and fatigue may put you at a higher risk of being affected.

For those that have lost loved ones, grief may also be more intense during the holiday period.

That said, there are ways to reduce loneliness and feel more connected during the festive season.

Coping with stress

The festive season can be a stressful time. Some ways to reduce stress include keeping in touch with your loved ones if you’re apart, keeping a close eye on your finances, staying off social media, and steering clear of any family conflict.

Reduce your alcohol consumption to help manage anxiety levels, or book in some time for you, rather than attending every festive event. Remember: learning to say ‘no’ is a gift to yourself.

Eating well

It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays, which includes overspending, overeating and overcommitting. Instead of cheese and crackers, opt for veggie sticks or pita bread. 

The importance of self-care

Here are some tips on how to prioritise self-care during the festive season:

  • Ask and accept help for tasks including food and gift shopping.
  • Connect with loved ones who are important to you.
  • Volunteer for a local charity or community group.
  • Make time for exercise.
  • Schedule time for yourself away from the celebrations: go to the movies, get a massage or go on a little staycation and explore your hometown. Treat yourself.
  • If you are feeling lonely, you’re not alone. The We Are Lonely podcast follows the journey of four young people on their search for connection.  Find out more here.

Looking after others

Random acts of kindness go a long way during the festive season. Connect with people who do not have family or friends around for the holidays. Send a card, a small gift, bake festive treats or call someone who may be spending the season alone. Volunteering is a great way to help others and may help relieve stress and reduce symptoms of depression.. Talk with your neighbours about their holiday plans; you never know who may appreciate a little company.

If you’re connected to the internet, social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends who live far away. Start a festive group chat to share your thoughts, photos and videos.

Reach out for support

If you experience feelings of social isolation and loneliness, speak to your GP or mental health professional.


If you feel that you or a loved one might need some extra support to manage your mental health during the festive season, there are services available:

  • Medibank members with hospital cover can contact Medibank’s 24/7 Mental Health Phone Support service.
  • Lifeline 
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Written by Editor Medibank

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