The holidays can be a time of joy for many, but for many others it can be stressful and lonesome. Loneliness is a serious issue and can start a cycle of isolation and depression if not dealt with appropriately. A common trap that happens is that in order to prevent the possibility of rejection, people reject others first or keep convince themselves that they are unwanted or even unloved in their relationships.
However, there are clear steps one can do to help combat this cycle of loneliness. Now, these sound simple, but like anything that involves emotional risk, it can be tough to take the first steps. The team at Valenti International recommends this brief article about handling loneliness over the holidays. It has several very simple but easy and manageable steps to deal with feeling isolated. For example, planning ahead and just asking about holiday plans is a nice way to see where you will feel welcome and invited. Also remembering to smile is a great tip for being in situations where you may feel like an outsider. Think of smiling as a sign that you are grateful and appreciative. It will bring people to you and help them feel more at ease too.
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