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In the Media – Combatting holiday loneliness (FitnessRepublic.com)

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Holiday Loneliness

Holiday Loneliness

On the website FitnessRepublic.com, I write about how common it is for people to experience holiday loneliness at this time of year:

It sounds paradoxical but when the holiday season approaches, many people feel lonely and blue. They may be comparing their own situation to that of friends and colleagues who are looking forward to holiday parties and family get-togethers, and decide that they’re coming up short.

They may also be reminiscing about past holidays shared with friends or family and feel a bout of nostalgia. Add to that the darkness and dreariness of cold winter days, and you’ll find this can sometimes take a toll on people’s moods.

If you find yourself feeling lonely and sad, there may be some solace in realizing that you aren’t the only one. Many people experience a transient case of what has been called the “holiday blues” that can last days or weeks. The holiday blues can mimic the symptoms of clinical depression, which leaves someone feeling stressed, fatigued, sad and lonely.

The article in FitnessRepublic offers five tips to avoid or minimize these feelings and get over the holiday hump. You can read the article in its entirety here.

Feeling especially lonely right now?

Are there any ways that you have coped with holiday loneliness in the past?

Do you have suggestions you could offer to others?

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  1. mELANIE says:

    I am a 63 yr old woman who realizes especially at this time of year that not a single soul cares if I live or die and the normal extreme loneliness seems even worse. i have not found satisfactory ways to reduce the pain and spend most of the holidays in tears. [email protected]

    • Irene says:

      Hi Melanie,

      It sounds like you may be depressed. Depression often worsens with the holidays and cold weather. Is there a mental health professional you can reach out to in your community?

      There may be some useful tips in this prior post on how to find help:
      Getting Help for a Depressed Friend

      Best, Irene

  2. Bizzy says:

    I love binge watching these shows! Maybe you can participate in an online forum that discusses them?

  3. Janet says:

    I like the suggestion of tuning in to a Netflix, Amazon Prime or HBO series to get your mind off your troubles and loneliness. I have gotten invested in many of these series. They are very well-written and very addictive. The problem is that I have no friends with whom to share my enjoyment. My husband has watched some of these series with me, but others he is not interested in hearing about. It can be depressing for me to get really excited about a series, but then have nobody with whom to share your excitement. I know there are plenty of people out there who enjoy the shows that I do, I just don’t know how to connect with them.

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