(Golden, Colorado): There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely. Tonight begins the official Christmas Week-end in Colorado. Candlelight worship services, romantic dinners for two and family gatherings with all the trimmings. From the Alpine Resorts, to our excellent shopping and dining districts, there’s something for everyone in our Colorado backyard.
But for some, the holidays are a trigger point for loneliness.
For many, holiday season becomes a mirror of loss. Lost loves. Lost family. Lost time. In a recent study published by The New York Times, Jane Brody highlighted the potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation. In short, all sorts of medical mayhem, in perfectly healthy people, can be triggered by the effects of loneliness.
There’s a covenant of kindness at the alter of family, love and friendship. It’s promise is to be caring and kind. If you experience any degree of holiday blues, rest assured you’re not alone. One step toward reversing this feeling, is being present at family and social gatherings. Engage in conversation. Make eye contact, smile, listen and learn.
Lastly, remember the telephone works in both ways. You might catch someone before they fall.
A simple phone call or text might be the prescription to reversing some holiday blue, into a merry shade of red and green in someone’s life this Christmas.