As we are nearing the holiday season and with lockdown orders in place, some people will be spending their holidays alone or in isolation. Some experts expect that there will be a surge of individuals with existing psychological disorders to suffer from anxiety and depression. Even though you may not be among them, it can’t be helped that you may feel isolated from your family and friends. That said, here are some useful ways on how you can spend Thanksgiving alone:
Being alone during the holidays does not mean that you will isolate and distance yourself from them. Connect with your family and let them know that you are thinking of them. The trouble with today’s setup is that we often wait for other people to make a move. With the availability of tons of communication tools at our disposal, it is almost impossible not to connect with people that matter to us. Make the first move, and you may soon realize that you still have people you can rely on.
When you are alone and lonely, it can be tempting to indulge yourself with unhealthy practices, most specifically on your food choices. If you are alone this Thanksgiving, you can still plan on preparing something good on the table. Take your meal up a notch by ditching the traditional Caesar’s salad for a delicious Tabouli salad, loaded with flavor and texture. When you eat healthy, you feel good about yourself, and being alone may not matter as much when you are at peace with yourself.
One of the best ways to brush off the feeling of loneliness is when you are productive. When you are preoccupied, it will be harder for you to think about your current situation. Use this break to get your house in order. Declutter your home and focus on the items that you have been postponing for so long. When your home and life is in order, you have more time to focus on what truly matters. Perhaps it can even give you a proper perspective about your life and relationships in general.
With most people quarantining in place, it can be easy to find people who will be willing to celebrate Thanksgiving with you via online conferencing. As you connect with your family and friends, you can find out who is also spending the holidays alone. Ask if they want to join you for an online Thanksgiving celebration.
Thanksgiving has different meanings for various people, but it all boils down to being thankful. You may be alone during the celebration, but it does not mean that you do not have anything to be grateful for. Sit down, grab a pen and a notebook, and start listing down the things that you are most thankful for. If you have been COVID-free and healthy, it can be one thing you can write down. When we take the time to reflect on our lives, we can find it easier to focus on the good rather than the bad things.
Now that you’ve had a taste of how it feels to be isolated, you should carefully assess what your priorities are and make the necessary changes. Do you want to celebrate it alone again next year? If not, find ways to spend it with your loved ones and work on it.
Whether you are alone or not, it is crucial to celebrate the holidays with a thankful heart.