10 Ways to Cope with Holiday Loneliness

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10 ways to cope with holiday loneliness

10 Ways to Cope with Holiday Loneliness

The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love but for many, it’s a time of loneliness. Their loneliness may come from the loss of loved ones, separation by physical distance, or through relationship breakups. Empty nesters and the elderly may also suffer loneliness. Whatever the reason, coping with loneliness during the holidays can be difficult especially when others are happy, but take some comfort in knowing you are not alone.

Below are 10 ways to cope with holiday loneliness:

1.    Seek company – Seek out friends and family, connect with people through church or other social organizations or attend a holiday celebration.

2.    Share your feelings – Share your feelings with family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, your pastor, or a therapist.

3.    Practice self-care – Take care of yourself with sleep, physical activity, proper nutrition, meditation, prayer, and engaging in activities you enjoy.

4.    Have realistic expectations – Accept things as they come. Don’t expect someone who isn’t supportive to be during the holidays suddenly. Avoid presumptions.

5.    Volunteer – Help others, serve at a soup kitchen or help charitable organizations.

6.    Give to others – Give others your time, buy gifts or send cards.

7.    Limit alcohol intake – Alcohol can enhance feelings of loneliness.

8.    Avoid social media – If you find yourself getting upset or jealous by the posts of others, limit or avoid social media. Remember people only show part of their story on social media…they leave out their own struggles.

9.    Find local events – Enjoy the season by participating in local events.

10. Focus on the positive – Be grateful for the things you have and focus on the blessings you have received.

My hope is that these ideas will help someone in need! If you know anyone who may suffer from loneliness during the holiday, please share these ideas with them. And more importantly, keep others in mind during the holidays. Reach out to those who might be alone during the holidays! Invite them to your gathering, send them a card, or give them a gift.  



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