With everyone focusing on the joy of Christmas, it can be easy to overlook the plight of those who have to spend it alone. If you are one of those who will be spending the holidays in your own company, this one is for you.
For many, this is a time of year for celebrating and sharing joyful times with loved ones. For countless others though, it can be one of the most depressing/loneliest times of the year due to the over-hype of it all and of course being alone. Below are 8 things you can do to alleviate that loneliness and learn to enjoy the peace and tranquility of time on your own.
You can spread them out over a number of days, or even complete the list in the order it is in. The choice is completely yours.
1) Do a good deed for a neighbour.
2) Do a good deed for a complete stranger (if and when the opportunity presents itself).
3) Tidy the room you like to relax in. Then set a peaceful/joyful ambience (I like to play music like this [see below]) on repeat, with some candles burning (incense too, if you have it), light the fire, then go for a walk (maybe 20-30 minutes). When you return from your brisk walk, you will be entering your own perfect atmosphere and you can relax for the night in your warm, cosy surroundings.
4) Meditate. (Can’t/don’t want to meditate? Sing! Singing is a great way to dissolve all kinds of depression. This is a great tune to sing to and a perfect way to start any day!)
5) Make hot cocoa with marshmallows.
6) Watch comedy movies and stand-up comedy shows (Billy Connolly, Des Bishop, Russell Peters, Michael McIntyre are some personal favourites).
7) Phone a family member with whom you have a good connection, or a friend whom you haven’t spoken to or seen in a long time.
8) Enjoy a hot bath (with lots of bubbles! – yes, guys like bubbles too!), and again create your own perfect ambience with candles, music, incense, etc.)
Notes: * Helping others is a great way to uplift your soul, and you never know, by helping someone else or making the phone call mentioned above, you may even get invited to spend some quality time with some quality people who could have unknowingly passed you over. Don’t just sit in the shadows waiting for others to notice you, pick yourself up and put yourself out there. Be the light you wish to see in the world!
*By creating the above ambience in your home and then going for a walk, you will be refreshing yourself and will appreciate the atmosphere you have created all the more.
If you have any other ideas on how to beat the holiday/loneliness blues, share them in the comment section below. I hope this has been of help to you, and, thank you for reading.