Are you alone this holiday season?
Dealing with the holidays solo can feel overwhelming. It seems all the Christmas and holiday songs speak of coming home for Christmas and not wanting to be away from family. However, if you’ve recently experienced a lose, divorce, or a recent empty nester, you know the harsh reality of being on your own. In the beginning, being on your own can be rough and scary, and it becomes significantly more stressful during the holidays when many people are with family and friends.
Steps you can take to minimize the impact of being solo for the holidays:
1.Begin planning now. The best way to spread holiday cheer is to help others. Anytime we feel we’re in a low place, there are others in a much lower place that we can help. Contact your nearest shelter, food bank, nursing home, and care center and find times where you can be of service to help others. Nursing homes and elderly care facilities are excellent places to begin research in spending your holiday time doing something good for others.
2.Call up your friends and see what they are doing. They may have family in town, but if they are truly your friends they will want to spend time with you and be glad to have you over.
3.Start new traditions. Whether it’s giving back, spending the holiday with friends, or getting out of town, do something for you and for others and make this a time to remember for the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to do something unique and possibly daring.
Awesome enough, these strategies can be used by everyone. You can be with family and friends and do the same by creating a new tradition. If you’re feeling alone whether it’s during the holidays or not, realize their are others who are alone and would love your company.