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  • Writer's pictureRalph Kellogg

Surviving the Holiday Loneliness: Embrace the Suck

You've seen the movies where everyone is gathered around a perfectly decorated table, laughing, and exchanging gifts, right? Well, guess what? Real life isn't a scene from the movie Love Actually.


Let's face it – while some folks are getting cozy by the fire, others are feeling a bit left out in the cold. Loneliness during the holidays is a thing, and it's time to acknowledge it without the sugar-coating.


I bet you've scrolled through Instagram and seen those "perfect" holiday snaps – families in matching pajamas, dogs wearing Santa hats, the whole shebang. And if you're feeling lonely, it's like scrolling through a highlight reel of someone else's life.


But you know what? Spending the holidays solo doesn't have to be a downer. Sure, it might not be the bustling family gathering you see on TV, but it's an opportunity to embrace some quiet time and focus on yourself.


Living in the digital age has its perks, especially during the holidays. Who says you can't have a virtual hangout with friends or family? Zoom calls, FaceTime, or even an old-school phone call can bridge the gap and make you feel a bit more connected.


Let's redefine what holiday traditions mean. It doesn't have to be a big, elaborate affair. It could be as simple as binge-watching your favorite shows, ordering your go-to takeout, or treating yourself to that online shopping spree you've been eyeing.


Loneliness can sometimes bring a bit of the holiday blues. It's crucial to recognize those feelings and find healthy ways to cope. Whether it's journaling, going for a walk, or blasting your favorite tunes, find what works for you.


So, here's the deal: Your holiday season doesn't have to fit a mold. It's all about embracing the unique way you want to spend it. If that means cozying up with a book and a cup of cocoa, then so be it.


Let's not sugarcoat it – loneliness during the holidays is a real thing, and it's more common than you might think. But hey, it's also an opportunity to redefine what the season means to you and to embrace the quiet moments. Whether you're rocking the solo holiday or connecting virtually with loved ones, just remember, it's all about what feels right for you.


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