The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends and family and take time to reflect on the year. However, if you don’t have many close friends or family members, this can be an incredibly lonely time. All of the festivities that take place during this season can be a painful reminder of what is lacking in your life. This can also be a very difficult time if you’ve recently lost a loved one or you were fired or laid off from your job. During this season, your problems can seem a hundred times bigger than they are. Know that the pain won’t last forever. You can get over this hurdle. Here are a few ways to beat the holiday blues.
Find ways to connect
If you’re feeling down and lonely, find ways to be around other people. Locate volunteer opportunities in your community or reach out to a neighbor who may be spending the holidays alone. Explore opportunities for sharing your time and talents. Websites like VolunteerMatch can help you get started. This site allows you to search for volunteer opportunities by topic. Now is a great time to explore their holiday volunteer listings.
“People whose focus is on helping others, not just getting for themselves, are people who are happiest and most fulfilled. People who are generous and thoughtful of others are less anxious, less depressed, and feel more connected with their community,” said psychologist and marriage and family counselor Marie Hartwell-Walker.
Also make an effort to communicate throughout the year and not just during the holiday season. It’s easy to make a phone call or send a card when everyone is in the holiday spirit, but it means a lot more when you remember someone on an ordinary day.