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Coping With Loneliness Around The Holidays

Coping With Loneliness Around The Holidays

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Loneliness Around The Holidays

Right after Thanksgiving, the sights and sounds around us morph into a familiar holiday cheer, with twinkling lights, christmas carols and classics on TV channels. It can be the best feeling in the world, but also can be an oppressive feeling for some, who are so lonely that they feel ‘mocked’ by...

Much of the childhood holiday magic we remember was a sacrifice for most adults who wanted the time to be special for kids. True holiday spirit is a mix of pleasure, sacrifice and pain, a mix of emotions where our own sense of joy is hardly felt.

The holidays amplify the loneliness and sac...

  1. Call up your friends, or do virtual meetings.
  2. Adopt a dog.
  3. Start gardening.
  4. Cook with friends on a Facetime/Zoom call.
  5. Join virtual communities of your interest.
  6. Volunteer.
  7. Go to a nursing home and interact if possible.
  8. Join a v...

  • Wake up early, preferably after a good sleep.
  • Make your bed in the morning.
  • Exercise for at least one hour, or even just basic breathing exercises.
  • Go out for a walk in the sun.
  • Have a light and healthy breakfast.
  • Be decisive, compassionate and f...

  • Eat chocolate.
  • Take warm showers.
  • Wear warm socks.
  • Laugh as hard as you can.
  • Read the comics.
  • Play your favourite Christmas movies.
  • Try new recipes.
  • Look at old pictures and read old letters.
  • Write down whatever is good...

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