Christmas is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. We’re told to eat, drink and be merry while socialising with our friends and family. But for many people, Christmas time isn’t as joyful as it’s supposed to be. With our Facebook feeds filled with happy statuses and our friends’ Instagram accounts flaunting photos of smiling faces, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on all the fun. In fact, for some people, Christmas can be an incredibly lonely time.
If you’re dreading the Christmas period due to loneliness, here are just a few suggestions to make it that little bit easier:
Find a new hobby
Picking up a new hobby can be a great way of keeping busy and meeting new people during the festive season. From taking part in regular spinning classes at your local gym to attending painting lessons at a nearby college, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Not only will you have a fun new hobby, you’ll probably make some new friends in the process.
Make the most of time you have alone
When you’re not pursuing new hobbies and meeting new people, try to keep busy when you’re at home too. Get out of bed early and switch off the TV. Instead of sitting around and dwelling on negative thoughts and feelings, try to embrace solitude and teach yourself to see it as a positive rather than a negative thing.
Time alone can give us an opportunity to learn new things and hone our skills. So take this opportunity to write, paint and embark on other creative adventures that don’t require company.
If you like the idea of keeping busy while also doing a good deed, volunteering can be a worthwhile experience. From helping out at your local homeless shelter to spending an afternoon in a retirement home, there are so many ways to keep busy while meeting new people and spreading some kindness.
Whether an old friend invites you round for Christmas dinner or a neighbour suggests you join them at the weekly pub quiz, accept every invitation you can. If you’re feeling lonely, it may be tempting to hide away and wait for the whole festive period to blow over.
Whatever you do – don’t dismiss invitations because you fear you’ll be a burden. These people have invited you to spend time with them for a reason. They want your company and to share the Christmas experience with you!