‘Tis the season to be lonely?
While everybody is making this Christmas the merriest, mas pipiliin mo na lang ba na huwag lumabas ng bahay at makipag-socialize?
For you, it’s the toughest and most stressful time of the year because hindi na siya tulad ng dati na kumpleto pa ‘yung pamilya. Or, it could be your 1st time to spend the holidays away sa mga taong mahal mo.
Don’t worry. Here are 5 ways to deal with loneliness during Christmas.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Take care of yourself. Hindi man agad completely mawawala ‘yung loneliness na narararamdaman mo, taking care of yourself can help you feel better. You can treat yourself to a spa, have a relaxing bath, read a book, enjoy activities you love, or do something new. According to Elizabeth Scott, MS of Verywell Mind in her article entitled Loneliness and The Holidays, “Taking time to do things that will enhance your self-esteem or at least give you a good dose of fun will not only take your focus off of feeling alone, but it can lift your spirits as well.”
- Mag reach out ka and connect with people.
Hindi naman kailangang pumunta isang big holiday party para mag-socialize. Even a small gesture of calling your friend na matagal mo nang hindi nakakausap can make you feel less lonely. Treat someone from work and go for coffee. Elizabeth Scott also explained that it’s possible na makaramdam ka pa rin ng loneliness even when you’re surrounded by people. Pero kapag ikaw ang nag-reach out, it will help you feel more connected and less lonely. Mas magiging strengthened pa ‘yung friendship ninyo.
- Take a break muna from social media.
Admit or not, social media can make you feel the worst lalo na kapag Christmas. Kasi bombarded ka with photos and updates of people going on vacations or family gatherings. Ang ending? You’ll feel even lonelier kasi you would end up comparing yourself with others.
That’s why Lesli Musicar, a psychotherapist, said in an interview with Global News, na mas makakabuti sa’yo to avoid social media kung feeling lonely ka na.
- ‘Wag ka matakot to seek professional help.
According to Mayo Clinic in their article entitled Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping, if after all nang ginawa mo and you still find yourself in constant feelings of deep sadness or worrying, it’s better to talk to a doctor or mental health professional. There are people who would understand you and most importantly, would help you.
- At higit sa lahat, hindi ka nag-iisa. There is a God who is looking after you. Jesus understands you.
Perhaps, ang pinaka importante mong dapat malaman is that Jesus went through the same feeling of being lonely. He left His glory in heaven to bear your sins and died on your behalf so you can be part of the family of God (Ephesians 2:19). More than that, pinagtagumpayan din ni Jesus ang kalungkutan. He destroyed loneliness for you!
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