Feeling Lonely? 5 Tips for Staying Social During the Holidays

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But the festive season can be full of the added stress that comes with extremely high expectations and busy calendars. For some, the holiday season is difficult, and additional support is needed to avoid feeling isolated. Here are a few ideas on how to stay active and connected throughout the holiday months.

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1. Volunteer

Helping others in your community can facilitate a connection with something bigger than yourself. It can serve as a reminder that there is much to be thankful for in life. It can also feel rewarding on a personal level. Check out Dosomething.org, an organization that sets you up with volunteer opportunities right in your own neighborhood!

2. Establish a hobby

Finding groups with similar interests can help you feel grounded and hopeful during the holiday season. A good place to start is an online group activity hub like Meetup.com.

3. Exercise with a friend

Exercising releases chemicals in our brain that allow us to feel happier. It's science. Take a spin class. Go for a long walk or hike with a friend. Click here for some more fun and creative ideas on how to stay fit and social.

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4. Plan an Outing

Go somewhere you’ve never been. A change of scenery can equal a change of mood. Here are some fun ideas in the New York Metro area.

5. Mindfulness and Self Acceptance

Realizing you are not alone in your struggle can be the most helpful in combating feelings of sadness and loneliness. Focus on gratitude by making a list of things you are thankful for and keeping your expectations within reason. Self acceptance is a powerful force, so make sure to practice self-care and positive self talk. Click here for more mindfulness tips during the holidays.