Isolation and loneliness
As soon as the holidays start and I have more spare time, things begin to get overwhelming. Too much time to think about everything that is going on. Thinking can be scary sometimes.
The holiday period means more free time but also more alone time. It may be hard to see friends every day and organising to hang out can be difficult.
Feeling isolated and alone? That’s ok. Some of these articles can be helpful places to start turning it around.
Avoiding social situations (Fact sheet)
Overwhelming freedom (Story)
Tips for meeting new people (Fact sheet)
Feeling sad (Fact sheet)
It’s not uncommon to feel alone. For the full range of personal stories and tips, go here:
Nothing to do, nobody to see? It’s easy to get caught up feeling bored and forget there’s a lot you can do to connect with people or get motivated. Some top tips:
9 things you can do now that exams are over (Comic)
11 ways to avoid feeling bored(Fact sheet)
Summer Survival Kit(Fact sheet)
Creativity in every day (Story)
Partying and letting loose
During the break it’s natural to want to let loose and party. Just remember to stay safe, and don’t navigate the messy stuff on your own.
Safe partying(Fact sheet)
Helping a drunk friend(Fact sheet)
Low risk drinking(Fact sheet)
Losing your virginity (Fact sheet)
For tips about sex, try http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/Sex-and-relationships/Sex
For the full range of ReachOut.com pointers on drugs, alcohol and partying, go here:
Friends, family and conflict
Holidays mean extended family and friend time, and that can be a comfort or a chore – depending on who you’ve got! We’ve got answers to some of the common problems.
The family and Christmas(Fact sheet)
Having a hard time with friends(Fact sheet)
How do I talk to girls?(Q&A)
There’s a lot of stuff on friends and family at ReachOut.com. Find it here: http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/Friends-and-family
Life after school
The end of the year means big changes for a lot of people finishing school or moving to a new stage in their life. Starting at a new school next year, or leaving for uni, work, or a gap year? Get some pointers on making the leap.
Finished with school(Featured article)
Starting at a new school(Fact sheet)
Taking a gap year(Fact sheet)
Moving away to study(Fact sheet)
The full kit of school, uni and study tips is available here: http://au.reachout.com/Wellbeing/School-Uni-and-Study
Nobody has to go it alone
ReachOut.com is available 24/7 throughout the holidays for people who are stuck for ideas or looking for info, on your mobile or on your computer.
Check out the ReachOut.com Forums for a safe space to get pointers from other people who have been there before.