The Holidays are here and it should be a time for happiness, family, friends and joy.  And many times it is. Unfortunately it's also a time for seasonal depression, feeling a loss from a loved one. or not being home for the holidays.

I have been in radio for a long time and have not lived in my hometown in Chicago since 1995. So I have had my share of being alone for the holidays. I always made the best of it by cooking my favorite foods, watching a feel good movie. and getting on the phone with friends and family.

Here are some ways to deal with loneliness over the holidays from bustle.com.

 

  1. Start a New Tradition that's Just For You. 
  2. Volunteer.
  3. Surround yourself With People and Tell Them How you Feel.
  4. Spend Quality Time With Yourself.
  5. Reach Out to People You Lost Touch With.
  6. Lean Into Your Feelings.
  7. Try To Avoid Dating Apps and Going Into a New Relationship. 

I personally lost all my Aunts and Uncles and they were so much fun over the holidays. I also lost a younger Brother. Every year I deal with losing my Mom who I was really close too.  And it's comforting to think of the good times with her and how I know she is watching over me everyday.

I think it's important to count our blessings this holiday season. Even though it has been a tough year for everyone.  Let's stay strong and not be embarrassed to reach out to friends and family for support.

2021 is gonna be a great year!

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