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6 Ways to Overcome Loneliness During the Holidays

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Everybody goes through periods when they feel like they’re alone. But that’s a far cry from persistent loneliness and isolation.

A recent article in Forbes magazine responded to a reader’s question: “I am feeling so lonely. Can I die from it?”

The answer, sadly, was yes.

Research has shown that loneliness and isolation has a significant impact on your health and how long you live. It also affects how you feel.

The research showed that feeling alone can increase your risk of death by about 30%.

Scientists say that loneliness can have a bigger effect on your health than being obese or smoking.

That’s because being lonely causes real stress on your body that can affect your immune system, your heart, your hormones, and more.

The holidays are coming up, and they can make even people who aren’t alone, feel isolated.

What can you do to overcome loneliness during the holidays?

Here’s a list of suggestions to help you get through the holidays, and out the other side, feeling good.

6 Ways to Overcome Loneliness During the Holidays

1. Get Past the Hype christmas tree in a mall overcome loneliness holidays

Let’s face it. The holiday hype starts as soon as the Halloween candy is sold out.

Marketing has made the whole season a lot more than it used to be. From store décor to movies and ads, it’s hard to feel like you’re not being left out if you haven’t turned your home into a winter wonderland.

Try to get away from the commercial and return to basics. Remember what the holidays are really about. Forget about what the ads are telling you they’re supposed to be.

2. Get Your Warm Feelings Somewhere Else

Missing that feeling of warmth that’s supposed to come with being among large groups of like-minded people?

Try physically warming yourself with a lovely, scented spa bath or a cup of hot chocolate.

Research has shown that when you feel warm, you feel happy.

It may not be the same as being with other people, but it can lift your spirits and ease stress.

3. Stop Waiting for an Invite

If you’re feeling lonely, stop and think. Is it because you waited for someone to reach out to you instead of making plans for yourself?

Right or wrong, most people assume that people have plans for the holidays.

If you want to spend time with family, friends or coworkers, then tell them. Or, post a note on social media to your friends asking if anybody else has any plans and want to meet up.

You may be surprised by how many people feel exactly the same way that you do.

4. Get Involved hands helping at a soup kitchen overcome loneliness holidays

One of the best ways to fill yourself with warm feelings is to do something good for somebody in need.

The holiday season is one of the best times to get involved in a charity that gives you the chance to help others.

If finances are tight, donate time. Make a call to your local nursing home and ask if they have anyone who could use a smiling visitor. Ask the local food pantry if they need volunteers to serve up holiday meals.

Not only will you be doing good, you will be among other like-minded people.

5. Indulge Yourself

Think of something you enjoy doing that you never have time for anymore. Could that old scrapbook project use some attention?

Maybe you aren't an artist but always wanted to be. Pick up some paint brushes, a cheap canvas, and some paint and spend the day channeling your inner Rembrandt.

Take a stroll down memory lane and break out some of your favorite songs from your teenage years and sing along.

Whatever you do, don't indulge yourself with unhealthy comfort foods. There are plenty of mood-boosting foods to reach for that won't make you feel even worse later.

You can always turn to healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods too!

6. Laughter is the Best Medicine woman laughing at tv overcome loneliness holidays

Most movie theaters are open 365 days a year. Make a date with yourself to watch the latest comedy flick.

Not sure you're up for going out? Stay in and find a funny movie or stand up comedy act on television or YouTube.

Getting a little laughter in will always make you feel lighter.

Loneliness and depression can strike at any time of year so try these 5 life hacks to boost your mood fast.

One last tip that works year-round is actively practicing gratitude. If you're feeling alone turn it into a positive. After all, spending time alone is still better than being in bad company.

Yours in health and happiness,

Danette

P.S. Please share this on your social networks! You never know who on your list is feeling lonely so spread some love and please let me hear from you in the comments below too. Have you ever spent the Holidays by yourself?

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