Spending time alone can be a beautiful thing, but feeling lonely is a completely different concept. Winter holidays definitely don't make this feeling any easier for people either. Family, friends, partners, are very much the focus of Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day, so when you're already feeling sad and lonely, these holidays definitely don't do you any favors.

  • Reach out to those around you. Unless you're a really grumpy person that people don't like at all (and I really doubt this!) there are definitely people around you that you can reach out to. Your co-workers, old friends that you haven't spoken to in a while, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc., are all probably happy and willing to talk to you about how you're feeling.
  • Volunteer! Find a non-profit organization that you believe in, like the Humane Society or Habitat for Humanity. You'll likely find other like-minded people while doing good for the community.
  • Get outside into nature because fresh air and sunlight does a mind and body good. Seasonal Affective Disorder is very real this time of the year, and if you're feeling depressed right now, a boost of Vitamin D from the sun can help you feel a little better.

No one wants to be lonely, so if you're thinking someone is looking down or feeling blue, reach out to them and do what you can to help lift their spirits.

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