The Sun: How to Overcome Loneliness at Christmas

The Sun’s ‘Fabulous’ published a timely feature on the challenges that Christmas can present and how to overcome loneliness, which can be a huge problem for many in the UK.

Loneliness can lead to depression, stress and even heart problems. Smart TMS provided expert advice for the feature.

While the media portrays Christmas as a time when everyone is happy and joyful, loneliness can leave you feeling isolated, moody and sad.

Smart TMS Technician Abie told The Sun:

Tips for Overcoming Loneliness

As Featured in The Sun

1. Social media

Abie suggested using social media to reach out to others

“Everyday modern technology can help reduce isolation as it can facilitate and strengthen relationships”

2. Exercise more

Abie said:

“Physical activity of any kind will stimulate your brain and body to produce feel-good hormones that help you to feel better and more in control.”

3. Volunteer

Abie explained that volunteering is a social activity which has great benefits:

“Volunteering helps to reduce loneliness due to its social components so someone who is suffering from being lonely might benefit from helping others.

4. Seek Help

If you’re struggling and finding that Christmas is accentuating the problem, do seek help. Abie says:

“Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists can help people who feel lonely by addressing emotional issues that make it hard for them to form relationships or that reinforce their sense of isolation.”

Depression Treatment

The Sun feature suggested that one option for treatment might be Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. The feature says:

“It’s a NICE approved, non-invasive treatment that uses pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate areas of the brain known be under-active in patients with depression.”

Read the feature in full at

Abie, TMS Technician at Smart TMS

abie smart tmsAbie is a member of the Smart TMS team of technicians at our Manchester TMS Clinic.

Her qualifications and experience prior to working at Smart TMS include:

  • Psychology Bsc (Hons) at Lancaster University, with a certificate of distinction
  • Currently studying MSc in Developmental Disorders
  • N-compass Northwest volunteer – advocacy and carer support
  • Experience of peer mentoring, supporting disaffected youth and co-facilitating support groups for mental well-being


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment is now available for private patients at Smart TMS, a specialist provider of the innovative treatment with an expanding network of locations around the UK and Ireland. For any queries or to book an appointment, please contact us:

Tel: 0345 222 5678