Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic.
I knew moving to Canada would be a huge change, but I always feel it the most during the holidays. Money is tight, so traveling back home to be with the family isn’t exactly an option. On top of that, I work so much that I don’t have very many friends! And none of them are close enough for me to spend Christmas with. I guess I should consider myself lucky that it only lasts for a couple of weeks, but I still can’t help but feel a bit lonely during this time of year.
As the popular song goes, the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year”. Yet, it’s wonderful only if you have people to spend it with. For those who don’t, the holidays can be lonely, sad, and depressing.
If you’ve been in this position before, then you know how hard it is. This is why our team of licensed psychologists and mental health counselors want to provide some information to help you survive and, hopefully, feel less lonely during the holidays.
Steps to Take
If you find yourself alone during the holidays because of distance, your plans falling through, or a similar reason, take these steps to make things better:
- Be Proactive – Don’t leave your holiday plans for the last minute. Instead, call up some friends and family to see what they’re up to. There’s a good chance you’ll be invited to spend the holidays somewhere. If not, try organizing your very own potluck dinner for anyone interested!
- Go Out and About – Remember that your holidays don’t have to be spent crowded around a dinner table! If you want to experience something new, why not plan an outing? You can go for a hike, catch a movie, or hang out at a park.
- Reach Out – Even if you won’t be spending time with the family this year, it would be a great idea to give them a call or send them a letter.
- Take a Trip – If dinner with the family isn’t happening, how about a trip upstate or to the beach? Maybe some fishing? This may be the perfect time for you to get to know a brand-new place and enjoy some solo travel.
- Take Care – If it’s taking a spa day, exercising, or getting a massage that makes you happy, make sure you pamper yourself throughout the holidays. It can really make a difference in the way you feel!
Let Us Help
The way you feel matters, and if loneliness is beginning to affect how you live your life, then Rice Psychology Group is here to help. Our Tampa-based team of licensed psychologists and mental health counselors are ready to listen to your story, help you understand what you’re feeling, and assist you as we find a way to help you feel better. For more information about our services, contact us in Tampa today.