“Everyone is asking what I am doing for the holidays, but I have nothing to tell them because I am alone this holiday.” If this sounds familiar, this week is for you! This week we are looking at how to cope with being lonely over the holidays. Maybe you are divorced and its not your holiday with your kids, or maybe your family lives too far away for you to travel to see them. Being lonely on a holiday is emotionally difficult. Here are some suggestions to help if you are feeling lonely this holiday season.
1) Use technology! If you are not close to family, you can use technology to help connect you. Skype or video chats can help you see and talk your loved ones and feel connected despite the miles between you.
2) Volunteer to help others! Look for an opportunity to volunteer in a local soup kitchen, toys for tots or other organization. This is a great way to help you feel like you are making a difference in other people’s lives, which helps you feel connected and less lonely.
3) Plan an event! Talk with friends, co-workers or other individuals about going to a local concert, movie or holiday event. Again this helps build the feeling of being connected with others and challenges your thoughts and feelings of being by yourself.
We realize that holidays often focus on being with loved ones, and when that is not happening, for whatever reason, it can make you feel lonely. These tips may help to prevent you from staying in that mood. If you are in need of additional supports, as always, give us a call.