Tips if you find yourself alone for the holidays:
Stay away from social media and call family and friends-Just because you’re not with them doesn’t mean you can’t make contact, and admiring from afar is just going to make you more depressed. Make sure the calls are a nice diversion for the day, not the centerpiece of it. You should enjoy the moments of contact, not dwell on the fact that you’re not with family and friends.
Have a game night with friends- You may have a few members of your “family of choice” that may not be able to go home for the holidays either. What a better time to bring everyone together and prevent a lonely night than a holiday. Gather all of your friends who, for whatever reason, will not be spending the holiday with their family of origin, and make a game night of it. Perhaps you cook the main dish, and you make a potluck of it by having everyone bring their favorite dish that they might have had at the holiday table as a child. You can choose to share war stories of family holidays, or play a great round of “Cranium”.
Go on a yoga retreat or spa vacation- For some, the thought of entering a zen state of mind on Thanksgiving or Christmas seems impossible. Fortunately, places such as Kriplau in Massachusetts and Miiamo in Arizona disagree. You can escape all of the “noise” of the holiday while taking yourself to a higher plane at the same time. I can almost guarantee that you won’t see one piece of tinsel.
Volunteer- If it’s holiday traditions you want, forget shopping and parties. Return to the real holiday tradition by helping others. When you volunteer, you can expect two big rewards. First, you’ll be surrounded by people — by volunteers and staff who share your spirit of giving and by those you are helping. Never will someone be more grateful for a gift. Second, it’s good for the soul. Helping others in need is fulfilling.