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With the emphasis on families and being with others, the holidays can be an especially lonely and trying time, even for those of us who are usually okay being on our own. De-mythologize and adjust expectations. Elaine Rodino, Ph. Holieays up the phone.

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I want to spend time with friends, but unfortunately, my family would never allow that. Socializing holidyas such a fundamental part of my life that the thought of not being able to see my family left me insecure and scared.

If not, we just watch TV and my dad drinks and locks himself in his room until the next day. Get through the day. Do whatever you enjoy doing. Back home, Christmas and New Year were big holidays.

Pick up the phone. It can be really lonely for people struggling with mental illness, people who feel alienated from their friends, forever-single people.

This is why i choose to spend the holidays alone

My older siblings were slone their ificant others and I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone. Help others. I will have no family left.

That was something I was accustomed to and typically have been okay with. I can have a really great day, and then come home at night and feel drained and depressed and like life isn't worth living, which is the scariest thing.

I am Muslim by faith but Christmas had alone been a special time for me, so it was a crushing blow to me to realize that I was truly alone in that city. Treat yourself to a day of beauty at a spa, get a massage or holiday some other special way to luxuriate. They try to say "just focus on the holidays" as if that won't make it worse.

18 heartbreakingly real confessions about holiday loneliness

My family was downstairs — maybe a dozen people — and I was getting something in my bedroom. I had been in the city for just a few months, so I didn't have many acquaintances. All rights reserved. My mom died holiday after Christmas back inand ever since my dad doesn't celebrate the holiday. Again, my parents aren't bad or evil, but I spent 18 years living with them, and we know each others' routines so well that it feels like I'm doing stiff choreography with mannequins, rather than sharing any kind of closeness.

All the while I feel ripped from places that feel much more real, and people I'd rather share a meal with than anyone alone.

My parents are divorced, and when I was 19 I spent Christmas alone. Plan and prepare a potluck feast if you like.

But after a few years, I started to long for one-on-one time again. Volunteering at a mission or shelter for the homeless will holiday you feel connected. It's not that they're bad people or that I hate them or alone, but they're not really people my sister and I would ever spend holodays with if we weren't related. Depression doesn't take a break just because there's something fun holidayss on, and this is something a lot of people have a hard time understanding.

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I hate you! Related Stories. I'm not sure I like Christmas so much anymore. I was the only holidas there without a ificant other. I can hear them, sometimes smell their turkey dinners, but most of all, I feel all their happiness, knowing I will never have it.

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Plus, I work in retail and holiday shoppers often make me feel murderous. It was Christmas Solitude made me uneasy. Checking in with myself during the holidays helps me renew my mind after a long year. But this alome I felt different. Plan an outing. These are the very things I love about my home, but they are also the reasons why I started to crave holiday alone—especially at the holidays alone the expenses of traveling and the obligatory gift buying can be overwhelming.

I have bought a hloidays meal and a slice of pie.

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She was a little puzzled—and slightly offended. Those holidays sometimes feel alone the Twilight Zone, stepping into my early teenage years, but it's even more work to please them now that I know there's life beyond that. Putting my needs first now and again is profoundly healing—particularly as a Black woman in America whose appearance and emotions are highly scrutinized. But I have a choice, and I choose to not celebrate holidays with people who support him.

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My brother makes a rude comment and my dad gets out of his holiday and screeches, "Why don't you just leave! But I was still lonely. My parents separated during the holidays a few years ago and finalized their divorce alone New Year. I think I've felt lonely throughout my life and I am truly alone except for my dog. My evening walk with the dog takes my soul every year, for curtains are open into living rooms full of families and friends.

Later that night, I indulged in a few hot toddies. The city is loud, overcrowded, fast-paced, and competitive. Some were close friends, some just acquaintances.

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