The holiday season has officially begun. While many are excited about the coming months, others are struggling. Newsweek spoke to a relationship expert about how to navigate alone and/or alone during the holiday season.
The holiday season can be difficult for some people. According to psychcompany.com, this can be difficult due to unrealistic expectations, childhood trauma, pressure to “show off” their relationships or finances, depression, and the financial stress of buying. gifts for family and friends.
“While the holidays can be a joyful time, they can also be a difficult time for many. Feelings of sadness, grief or loneliness can hit especially hard during this time of year,” said Jordan Burko Macatee, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Auburn University.
“It’s healthy and normal to feel a range of emotions, and it can be helpful to find ways to express them, such as keeping a journal or talking to someone you trust. Acknowledge these difficult feelings and engage into healthy coping strategies can help improve mood,” continues the professor.
Newsweek spoke to Amy Chan about the subject. Chan is the founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, a retreat that examines the scientific and spiritual approach to heart healing. She is also editor-in-chief of Heart Hackers Cluban online magazine specializing in the psychology of love.
How to Navigate Love During the Holidays While Single
have something planned
Chan suggested to Newsweek that singles should find something to do in case their non-single friends have plans with their loved ones.
“Even if you’re perfectly content, seeing lots of people post the highlights of the joy of their festive celebrations can give you an example of FOMO. Make plans for those specific days – whether you’re seeing other friends, whether you’re volunteer or just have something you can do solo. You can take an online class, get out in nature or even just cook yourself a delicious dinner and record a movie you wanted to watch,” she said.
Don’t Scroll FOMO
If you see friends having fun over the holidays on social media, Chan recommended deleting the app. One can check their social media on their laptop, but it can add an extra step to make the “usual scroll” more difficult, which can be an act of self-care.
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The antidote to the holiday blues is to give generously
Chan suggests Newsweek that readers divert their attention from themselves and put that energy into helping others in need. People can volunteer at soup kitchens, toy or food drives, or spend time at a retirement home.
“There are many benefits to this – from strengthening social bonds to increasing your level of happiness. Research shows that giving can release ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, l oxytocin and serotonin,” Chan said.
Host your own party
Hosting a party, going on a group hike, or dining out can help someone meet new people and bond with others.
Participate in a wellness retreat
Chan recommended spending the holidays at a retreat center.
“From yoga to personal development retreats, the benefit of a retreat is that there is daily programming and usually meals and group activities. If self-reflection and cultivating inner peace appeal to you more, you can opt for a seven-day vipassana silent retreat,” Chan said.