Being Alone for the Holidays

Senior woman looking out of her kitchen window with a cup of tea in hand.

With the current state of the world still dealing with the effects of COVID-19, we know that most people will be away from friends and family during the holidays. There is nothing inherently wrong with being alone for the holidays, but we want to make sure that are coping with the change in a positive way.

Be aware that there are many ways to still interact with friends and family such as joining a Zoom call or using a video call on your phone. Social media and emails can be a part of your daily routine as well. It gives you that connected feeling by seeing posts and pictures from friends and family and it gives you the ability to comment on what they are posting. These are fun, safe ways to stay connected without risking your health. We know it is not the same, but it is better than nothing and it beats not seeing them at all.

Another option is to try and find a new hobby that can keep you occupied. Things such as reading, writing, or sewing are all things that can keep your mind off being lonely. Reading can transport you into a new setting that you can get lost in. Meeting new characters that you can get attached to and even relate to in some cases. Writing is similar but instead of reading about new stories, you will oversee creating them! 

When the holidays such as New Years’ or Christmas do happen, hop on that FaceTime call before your family or friends open their presents and be present at the moment with them. We know it’s not the same as being there in person but the feelings can still be there if you just open your mind to it.