The holidays aren't happy for everyone. Whether you don't get along with your family, are far from home, or are missing a loved one, there are ways to turn the holidays into a special time. Here's what we mean.
Kicking off a new holiday tradition can go a long way towards making December less lonely and turn it into a time that inspires you for the new year.
- Treat Yourself: Refresh with some "me" time. Maybe a fancy dinner out, a spa day, fun solo trip, or a marathon of your favourite movies. Pick something you don't get to do often but that you enjoy.
- Bond with Friends: Traditions don't have to just be for family, get together with your friends and start a tradition you can all look forward to every year. Some good options include ice skating, a holiday potluck and gift exchange, caroling, or volunteering.
- Create Family Traditions: If your family doesn't have many traditions, or you think it's time to add some new ones, take the initiative to organise one this year. Perhaps a day outdoors, making a special family dish, or spending some time remembering a loved one.
No matter what your situation, the important thing is to figure out what makes a tradition meaningful to you (reflection, rejuvenation, connection, exposure to new ideas) and find an activity or event that matches, preferably one you can do every year.