Tips For How To Cope With Being Alone For The Holidays
The holidays usually mean being surrounded by family but sometimes life happens so we’ve put together some of our tried and true tested tips for how to cope with being alone for the holidays.
Holidays can be full of chaos, drama, and loneliness. We can often feel alone in a crowded room during a holiday. For some of us, we go from a household filled with family and friends to finding ourselves all on our own and while some crave a few minutes of peace and quiet, at holiday time, the silence can be deafening. Whether it be everyone’s focus is on the holiday, family and friends, or fully intertwined in themselves.
Being alone during a holiday can be a choice to avoid all of the above, or just because being alone isn’t something that was planned. Whatever the scenario of why you are alone during the holidays, why not make the best of it! There are ways to cope with being alone during the holidays such as; serving others, making the best of the loneliness, or bringing hope to others when they are alone.
Help others in need during the holiday
Offering yourself in the servitude of others can help the effects of loneliness. It can fill your sense of being needed by others. There are several ways to help others during the holidays. You can volunteer your time in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or passing out meals to the needy on the streets.
You can visit with elders at nursing homes, who are often forgotten during the holidays. You can volunteer to help with holiday programs at nursing homes and hospitals as well.
Maybe you know of a child that is spending the holiday alone, or not getting what they deserve. -Help that child. You can also help in orphanages, group homes, and assist with other child-related programs that assist needy children during the holidays.
There is always a need for help during the holidays. The possibilities are endless. Although you are feeling lonely, share your company with those in need of a friend, mentor, or helping hand.
You can make someone else’s holiday a little less lonely.
Focus on loving yourself during the holiday
You are alone, there is no shame whatsoever. You chose this for a reason. Make the best of what it is. Being alone gives you an opportunity to embrace some self-love and self- pampering.
Spoil yourself. Give yourself the gift of being alone and being able to enjoy and do whatever you would like.
Binge-watch your favorite streaming series with some popcorn. Take a long relaxing hot bath with a glass of wine and some candles. Find a cozy space and read an entire novel without interruptions from everyone else. Go to a fancy restaurant and treat yourself to a delectable, expensive meal.
Whatever you choose for yourself during the holiday, take pride in it. You don’t spoil yourself throughout the year, so now is the perfect time to start. You are allowed to focus on you once in a while, this lonely holiday is a perfect time to do just that.
The choice is yours
Being alone spoiling yourself, or helping others in need is your choice. You can do whatever you wish. You are alone during the holidays, but it doesn’t have to be an unhappy time. Find joy in the moment. It is ok to be alone, and be happy. What are some of your tips when you find yourself alone for the holidays?