5 tips to surviving Christmas alone

The holidays usually bring out the best in people but if you are trudging through all the festivities alone, it can turn into a depressing exercise.  We have you covered, so that this year you can truly have yourself a merry little Christmas and don’t have to feel like you are missing out on anything.

 

1. Do something for somebody else

Instead of dwelling on the people who are not in your life, look to people who do need you in theirs. A little bit of charity work will definitely raise your spirits and could actually change someone else’s life however large or small the gesture might be. So go spend some time with children in an orphanage or contribute and volunteer to a charity that helps the elderly. A little bit of good goes a long way and if anything you might emerge from the experience a much more grateful person.

2. Call up family

Although they are not in your presence physically, they will inevitably be in your thoughts so give in to the urge and reach out to family and friends. Catch up in whichever way you can and let them know that you are thinking about them. Communicating with the people in your life could also ease some of the pang that feeling lonely causes.

3. Do something for yourself

This seems like a selfish thing to do but since you are alone, you might as well do something to make you happy. This is the time to splurge on something flashy ridiculously priced. Take a trip if you can, buy yourself something nice, treat yourself to a nice spa day at home, eat all the things you stay away from for most of the year. You could even spend the entire day in your pajamas if it tickles your fancy.

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4. No social media

An obvious tip would be to keep far away from social media. You will be inundated with images of friends and family doing holiday activities and it is only natural to feel excluded from the festivity, so turn all your notifications off. Studies have also shown that heavy social media use is linked to depression and with Christmas thrown into the mix, the result will inevitably be something negative.

5. Start some new traditions

Spending Christmas alone can be an opportunity to build a better understanding of yourself. Start some new traditions that you could do every year despite the company you may or may not have.

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