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How to be alone and okay this Christmas

 A woman decorating a Christmas tree. (Courtesy)

Navigating the holiday season alone can be a unique experience that may elicit a range of emotions. It’s essential to approach this time with a mindset that prioritises awareness and intentionality.

As people make travel arrangements to be with their loved ones, it’s entirely normal to feel a mix of emotions, including loneliness, sadness or even relief. That’s right.

The societal emphasis on togetherness during the holidays can amplify these feelings but recognising them without being too hard on yourself is a crucial step towards accepting your current state.

Allow yourself the space to feel and process these emotions understanding that you do not have to conform to societal expectations.

Shift your focus towards other things. Use this time to engage in what truly makes you happy. Remember all the activities you wanted to do but couldn’t do either because you were too busy working or running after the little ones?

Now is your chance. Whether it’s immersing yourself in a good book, falling asleep on the couch for hours, binging on your favourite series or just shutting everything out, this will contribute significantly to your mental and emotional health during the holidays.

Consider reframing your perspective on spending the holidays alone. Rather than viewing it as a void or lack, see it as an opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. This period can provide a unique chance for introspection allowing you to reflect on your aspirations and discover new things about yourself.

And if you have to connect with others when physical presence may not be possible, leveraging technology allows for meaningful virtual connections. Schedule video calls with friends or family or join online communities centred around shared interests.

These connections can help alleviate feelings of isolation and provide a sense of community during the holiday season.

Craft activities or rituals that align with your interests and values. This could include preparing a special meal, creating a gratitude journal or dedicating time to charitable endeavours.

Developing personal traditions fosters a sense of purpose and continuity, contributing to a more positive and intentional experience of spending the holidays alone.

But if feelings of loneliness or distress become overwhelming, reach out to your loved ones and cancel solo Christmas if you can.

After all, it is not every day that we get to spend time with family, relatives and friends all in one place. And that is what makes the holidays special.

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