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Mental Health Awareness Week – Loneliness

© Supplied by CAN GroupTo go with story by Allister Thomas. Mental health column May 2022 Picture shows; Carrie Lawson, QHSE Advisor, CAN Group. -. Supplied by CAN Group Date; Unknown
To go with story by Allister Thomas. Mental health column May 2022 Picture shows; Carrie Lawson, QHSE Advisor, CAN Group. -. Supplied by CAN Group Date; Unknown

The feeling of loneliness likely affects us all at some point in time which can have a huge impact both mentally and physically.

The Covid-19 pandemic significantly changed daily life for the majority and as a result, more people each day experienced this feeling.  As the world returns to a more recognisable normal and the requirements for self-isolation changes, it’s important to remember that the feeling of loneliness unfortunately won’t disappear for everyone.

As part of its Mental Health Awareness Campaign this year, CAN is recognising the wider impact of loneliness. I know first-hand that CAN supports and helps its employees with their mental health and this also extends beyond that to think about their families and those at home – the parent at home when their other half works away, who may have no-one to have a conversation with when their children are in bed; or the person dealing with a family sickness or bereavement. A family unit supports each other and does what is needs to stay strong but it can sometimes have an impact mentally.

Fortunately, we live in a world where new technology allows us to speak to our loved ones whenever we choose to and this has been an indispensable lifeline for so many. From online meetings to birthday celebrations and quizzes, we were all experiencing social isolation but thanks to technology, our friends, family and colleagues were only a few clicks away.

However, despite having various digital applications at our fingertips, the pandemic proved, for me, that nothing can replace a face-to-face connection or the physical warmth of a hug.

As a working mum of two with a husband who works away, I completely understand the feeling of loneliness. The deafening silence in an evening once the children are asleep, I could text or phone but sometimes it’s worse waiting in anticipation for a response. Other evenings I’d fill with chores, pottering around to prevent that feeling creeping in. Alongside this, at times the loneliness can turn to anxiety meeting people, as I’ve became so used to the silence and stillness.

How can we help fix this feeling? It’s not as simple as asking your partner to stop working away or encouraging friends and family to visit or communicate more frequently as it’s not always possible and one fix does not fit all. The solution that has worked for me is being open and honest, explaining that some days are easier than others – there are days when I would really appreciate a chat over a cuppa after the kids are in bed and on other days, I prefer to focus on tasks at home.

I have also taken down the mask with my colleagues. Instead of the classic line “I’m fine”, I stop to take time out to have a conversation. For them, it’s possibly just a brief catchup, but to me it’s company and relief from the loneliness.

To our employees: You have our full support and to your families, we recognise your feelings too.

 

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