The holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away and before you know it Christmas is here. The holidays, for most, are a time of gratitude, joy, happiness, creating precious memories, and most of all love.
But for some the holidays brings misery, pain, depression, loneliness, and possibly regret. Believe it or not, the holidays can bring out the worst feelings and self-doubt. If you find yourself in a place of loneliness during the holidays then this post is for you.
It’s important to remember the spirit of the holiday season. The spirit of spreading love, caring for one another, and simply giving thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon us during the year. However, current situations can keep us blinded from what’s right in front us.
The great news is Your Sister Coach has your back and will provide tips on how to survive the holiday season. We know all too well how it feels to be separated from family during the holidays; not having a beau to cuddle with; and spending the holidays alone.
These are easy tips that require very little effort on your part.
Tip #1 – Spend time with close friends if you’re not able to be with family
Generally, the holidays is when family really put forth an effort to spend time together. However, there are times when you’re not able to go home for the holidays. This can apply to you if you are a student away from home or if you moved out of state.
If this is the case I encourage you to spend time with close friends or church family members right in your town. People are very open to having new guests over for the holidays. The holidays tend to bring the best out of people so take advantage of the opportunity.
Tip #2 – Stay active by volunteering
There’s always a mission or non-profit that can use a pair of extra hands to help out in the community. Giving back is the best way to celebrate the holidays and it does something to warm your heart and spirits.
Helping others who are less fortunate really helps to give you perspective. Unfortunately, there’s always someone out there in a worst situation.
Tip #3 – Stay away from alcohol
Now this one is probably going to get some pushback, right? LOL! I know you may love your cognac in your holiday eggnog. But remember alcohol is a depressant and the goal is to feel happier during the season.
Tip #4 – Splurge on an exotic vacation
If you’re the adventurous type like me then I urge you to take a vacation somewhere. Have the courage to travel by yourself if it’s the only option. Believe me having breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a beach will get your mind off loneliness.
If you’re deadset against traveling alone then find a travel group that fits your interest. There are groups of women out there that travel together all across the world. This is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends and create new experiences.
No travel group in your area, no problem CREATE ONE! Of course you knew that was coming right?! If avoiding the holiday blues is your goal then you have to become intentional and take action to change things up.
Remember the holidays are what you make of it. You have the power to make it wonderful and joyous or miserable. It’s never easy giving in to change and stepping outside of your comfort zone. If you need additional encouragement, feel free to join our free LIVE Sister Peptalk on November 14th: http://bit.ly/LivePeptalk.