There’s no easy way of saying this.
I’m not even going to try and sugar coat it.
The holiday season has to be THE hardest time of the year to be alone.
Christmas celebrates people being together, most of your friends usually disappear to do their own thing and your normal routine gets interrupted.
All of this forces you to stay indoors which makes you get in your head more.
Not to mention, if you live in the Northern hemisphere (I’m from Canada) like I do, it’s even worse.
The days are shorter and colder. Not to mention it’s dark and quiet everywhere.
I could go on and on, but if you’re in the middle of this situation, you don’t need to hear more about it.
You need to know what you’re going to do instead.
Personally, I’m a huge believer of looking for the good in every situation.
How do you turn disadvantages into advantages?
Here’s what I suggest.
Take This Moment To Reflect
Get a sheet of paper and divide it into 2 columns: things that went well and things to improve on for the upcoming year.
Seeing things listed out really does make a difference.
It’s much easier to make changes in every area of your life when you can point out what you need to do.
Reconnect With Old Friends
You are the average of the people you keep close to you.
Why not use the downtime you have and reach out to existing friends? Give them a call, better yet, meet up in person and see what they’ve been up to.
Make sure you take the time to nurture your existing relationships if they really matter to you.
Evaluate your goals
If you don’t know where you’re going, any map will take you there.
Get really clear about what you want your life to look like this coming year.
Once you know what you want, align all your actions to get you to where you want to go.
Everything else is just distraction.
Catch Up On Some Reading
I can’t think of a better way to improve yourself than reading books.
There’s literally almost nothing you can’t learn by spending a bit of time and effort educating yourself. Think about it, if you just get one idea that changes your life, isn’t that worth it?
Rather than mindlessly watching TV, invest in yourself and read books.
Get More Sleep
Studies have shown that there is a direct correlations between lack of sleep and depression. Be extra careful about staying up late just to kill time.
Make an effort to go to bed and wake up at the same time, limit your caffeine intake and make your room as dark as possible.
The holidays can be a depressing time – but if you feel that way, remember that there’s nowhere to go but up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing this for you.
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