3 Tips for Surviving a Lonely Christmas
December 12, 2011
Christmas is a jolly holiday where you are able to spend time with family and friends to share happiness and laughter. What do you do if you feel you don't have any family or friends? What do you do if you feel you have no reason to be happy or laugh?
Many people see Christmas time as one of the worst times of the year. It could be for many reasons, including the loss of a loved one, a recent break-up, or you may be new in town with few friends.
Spending Christmas alone doesn't have to be a depressing time, although you may feel like that's impossible right now. You have choices in life, and if you want to be happy you can make that happen! Use the 3 tips to survive a lonely Christmas below to have a merry Christmas this year
1) Think Happy
Feelings follow behavior. If you are acting like a slump, stuffing your face with ice cream, you will automatically feel sorry for yourself. If you just fake a smile, there is a chemical effect on your brain that will make you feel happier.
There are many activities you can do during Christmas that will make you feel better. If you would like some company but don't know anyone around, volunteer at a homeless shelter! You will meet many caring people and feel good about yourself for doing something wonderful for another person!
You must think about how the homeless people feel, and compare your life to theirs. You have got it pretty good, don't you? Plus, helping out somewhere can become a new Christmas tradition for you, and you will never have a lonely Christmas again!
Remember all of the people that do care about you! It doesn't matter if only your mom cares about you! It doesn't matter if only your pet fish cares about you! Someone does care about you whether you realize it or not!
There are many people out there that are ready to offer their friendship, and it is your decision to take it or push it away. There are many places you can go on Christmas to meet people that are just like you! Many hotels have Christmas gatherings you can attend, or maybe you can just meet someone in a coffee shop!
If you don't feel like going anywhere, there all always help lines you can call! You don't have to be desperate to call, but these people will talk to you for however long you want if you just feel you need someone to listen!
3) It will End
No matter what you are feeling during the holiday season, it will end. If you are feeling lonely and sad this Christmas, those feelings will pass once the holidays pass.
You may feel like Christmas is the worst time of the year for you. That means that everything can only get better from that moment on! Happiness is just around the corner!
Dealing with these upsetting emotions can also help you grow and reflect on your life. Maybe you need to make changes that you would never have seen if this sad time didn't come along!
There you go! You really do not have to feel low this Christmas! Make the decision to be happy this holiday!