In Luxembourg, more than a third of households have only one occupant, but living alone does not equal being lonely. There are plenty of people who happily live solo, many with a great circle of friends and family, or those who simply enjoy their own company.
However, if you do notice that one of your neighbours is spending the festive season alone, you might want to check that everything is OK, and offer your help and support in this season of goodwill to fellow man.
Even for those who don't live alone, Yuletide can be a period of enforced jollity, bringing to the fore tensions, anxiety, or money worries. A lack of routine, cold weather and shorter days, and a sense that you should be having fun, can also lead to winter blues. This may be magnified if you are unable to travel to see family or friends due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Covid-19 and mental health
You can find out more about Covid-19 and mental health at this government website which also lists helpful contact numbers and has a drop down list of sections for isolation, anxiety in children or the elderly, and help with accommodation. The Sante hotline is 247 65533.
Caritas runs a Corona-helpline offering social, material and financial assistance in 10 languages on 40 21 31 999.
Need to talk to someone?
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, are having suicidal thoughts, or find you are in an untenable situation with others who share your living space, these help lines and places can provide you with support and advice.