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Holiday Loneliness

If you’re alone this year for the holidays, for whatever reason, you might be feeling a little less than festive. You’re not alone. The holidays can trigger sadness for many of us. Here are a few tips for managing any feelings of loneliness, and actually, dare we say it, enjoying the weeks ahead.

Check in with yourself.

Ask yourself what it’ll be like being alone. Will it feel like you’re choosing some restorative alone time, or are you going to feel bad? If you think you’re going to feel bad, what can you do to deal with that?

Make a plan.

If you want to be alone, make it enjoyable. Cook or order in something delicious, listen to music, or rent/stream a movie you’ve been looking forward to.

If you want to connect with others, consult online calendars and local news sites to find out what community groups, houses of worship, or businesses are doing in your area. If you have friends or neighbors who are also alone, organize a gathering. There’s a good chance they’ll be grateful you reached out!

Think beyond just getting through the day. Plan a series of activities to give yourself lots to look forward to over the coming weeks.

Consider taking a break from social media.

Sometimes social media can help us feel connected and a part of each other’s lives. But sometimes it can also be a part of what makes us feel sad. Avoid comparing your own life to others (especially during the holidays), or just free yourself from it all together and take break from signing on.

Get moving.

Exercising is the ultimate natural way to fight anxiety and boost your mood. A good workout kicks your body’s feel-good chemicals (endorphins) into high gear. Even if you just get out for a walk — the fresh air can work wonders on our mood.