If you’re like me, then you’re probably not happy that you’re spending another holiday alone. It sucks especially when you’re with friends who are “boo’ed” up you’re the third or 5th wheel. Well, I found tips that may help get you through it. It’s an attempt anyway.
Stay positive. The holidays cause many single people to feel isolated and depressed. Focus on your own personal happiness to help you get through the holiday season.
Go to church. If you are craving companionship, check out the holiday events at your local church. You can meet new people and celebrate the holidays with people of the same faith.
Volunteer for a good cause. You should not give yourself a chance to dwell on the fact that you are celebrating the holidays alone. Volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or hospital during the holiday break.
Create your own holiday tradition. If you are celebrating alone, you have the freedom to commemorate the holiday in any fashion that you choose. Spend the day watching holiday movies, order Chinese food or reflect on goals that you wish to make for the year.
Consider an island getaway. If you want to avoid all of the holiday fanfare, escape to an exotic locale for the holiday. There is no better way to spend the holidays than scuba diving in the Bahamas.
Buy yourself something nice. Purchase a gift that you have been coveting for awhile.
- Make a date with yourself. Indulge in your favorite things. Treat yourself to a special takeout meal. Buy a book you’ve been wanting to read. Rent a movie and snuggle up with a pet. Relax in a bubble bath.
- Embrace your loved ones. The holidays are a chance to celebrate all kinds of love. Just because you’re not part of a couple does not mean you’re not loved. Celebrate the season with friends and family.
- Reach out. Don’t count on others to figure out you could use some company. Drop a hint that you have no plans. Many people love to open their homes at the holidays.
- Make your own party. Find others who might otherwise be alone on the holidays and create an “alternative family.” Arrange a potluck dinner or movie outing to create new traditions.
- Help others. Volunteer for people in need at a homeless shelter or senior center. You’ll feel more connected and it will help to put the holiday in perspective.
- Skip the holiday. There’s no rule the day has to be celebrated if it upsets you. Take a trip to get out of the tinsel-and-Santa mindset. Plan activities unrelated to the holidays.
- Lose yourself in a project. Start a scrapbook, paint your bedroom, update your journal, or learn a new tune on the piano.
- Keep yourself healthy. If you don’t care for yourself well, you’ll be more prone to feelings of sadness and loneliness. Stay healthy by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and drinking alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
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