The holidays are certainly different this year amidst COVID-19. Social distancing, mask wearing, less connection to family and friends, forgoing traditions, cancellation of holiday festivities— all these changes can make you feel lonely, isolated and less joyful. This is especially true if you live alone. These types of feelings can lead to unhealthy habits. Some bad habits include: emotional eating, not exercising, worse sleep, and feelings of anxiety and depression. So, we want to share some ways to feel less lonely over the holidays to support your well-being:
- Take winter holiday hikes with friends. Winter can be beautiful! We may as well embrace it.
- Stroll the neighborhood socially-distanced style and look at holiday lights.
- Drink hot chocolate or spiced tea outside with a friend.
- Participate in a secret gift exchange with people in your neighborhood.
- Send holiday cards this year and write thoughtful notes inside each of them.
- Make the holiday rounds with calls to your favorite people vs. house visits.
- Randomly visit people on their doorstep or in their driveway… in a mask of course.
- Put up holiday decorations that make you happy, maybe even earlier than you expected to.
- Tap more deeply into spirituality, whatever that is for you, which can help us feel more connected and grounded.
- Work on a special holiday project that you’ve never done before. Immerse yourself in it and savor the time doing something you love.
- Make small thoughtful gifts (vs. store bought) for your loved ones and send them in the mail. It will also save you money.
- Watch your favorite holiday movies and listen to your favorite holiday songs…often!
- Participate in some online holiday events. There’s lots of free events happening like shows,retreats, etc. that can help you feel part of a community.
- Do a random act of kindness everyday, however small. It will connect you to others.
- Create 31 small pieces of paper. Each day write something you are grateful for during December and put them in a jar, then read them all on Jan 1. You’ll realize that despite everything going on, there are still lots of things to be grateful for!
Keep the holidays uplifting, joyful, and connected! We hope these tips give you ideas that make you a little more cheerful in these times. Happy Holidays!
Positive Thought: “Life is about time. Spend more time than you do money on others. Give time more than any other gift. Also, take time when you need to. Take time for you when you need it. Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it.”
By: Katie Talarico