With the holidays in full swing, my writing schedule has been a bit off. We’ve been busy enjoying all the things that are important to me to treasure.
Family. Friends. Traveling, playing, baking, creating; all sorts of ways of building memories together.
As I’m enjoying all this, I’ve been thinking about ways that a single person can make the holidays more relaxing, enjoyable and less lonely. This can be a tough time of year for many and as a single parent, there have many lonely moments throughout this season in the past. But this year and going forward I have become committed to finding joy as much as possible, so I thought I would share with you some of the things I have done that have helped me.
Here is a list of things you can try to help ease the stress and find joy for you during this time of year:
- Connect with friends. Invite folks you enjoy hanging out with over for a social night. Play games. Watch movies. Go out for Happy Hour.
- Have a baking day. Find a few cookie or treat recipes and spend a few hours creating in the kitchen. And if you don’t want to eat all of these, give them away to neighbors, co-workers or friends.
- Pick up a new book, a glass of wine and settle in front of the fire or pour a bath. Indulge yourself for an hour here and there.
- Book a massage or pedicure. Pampering yourself during this season can help when the blues might hit.
- Keep up an exercise routine. Bundle up and go for an evening walk to check out the outdoor lights.
- If you are crafty, perhaps make some Christmas gifts. Working the creative muscles an help keep us distracted when the evenings might be long. And making things for others takes the focus off ourselves.
- Volunteer. Perhaps find a charity in your area that you can connect with and find a way to support them. This year for us was an opportunity to share blessings with other single parent families, this was a great reminder to me of all the things I have to be thankful for.
- Know that its ok to have moments that are tough and lonely. Feel them, take a hot shower, cry even, but then get back to finding joy.
This is my favorite time of year and even when there have been hard, lonely moments, I have still been able to enjoy the holiday season. I hope the same for you.