SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10 You're new to town, your ex took thekids for the weekend, or you're snowed in -- whatever the case may be, you'vesomehow found yourself spending the holidays alone this season. But don't letthe cheery ads and festive store windows get you down; there are several waysyou can enjoy the season to the fullest.
If you weren't planning on being on your own, there is still time to findcompany for the holidays. Here are some things you can do to avoid beingalone:
-- Get out in the community -- Volunteering is a great way to surroundyourself with people and give back at the same time. Spend the day at achildren's hospital or sign up with a local soup kitchen.
-- Find other holiday singles -- Find out if friends or other people youknow from your building or office are spending the holidays alone and plan agathering for yourselves.
-- Don't be afraid to invite yourself -- Call a friend and let them knowyou'll be alone. You might just land an invite to dinner. If not, try adifferent friend!
Should you find yourself snowed in or choose to be alone, that doesn'tmean you have to be lonely or that you won't enjoy the holidays. If you livealone in snow country and there's a possibility of a blizzard, stock up onyour favorite treats - foods, beverages, movies, bubble bath, whatever makesyou feel good. Consider some of these ideas to make a solo holiday a greattime:
-- Make it a special night in -- Fix your favorite dinner, start the fire,and watch a movie.
-- Go on vacation -- Treat yourself to the getaway you've always wanted,like a cruise or ski trip.
-- Tackle a postponed project -- Start that scrapbook, finish thebathroom, or try playing guitar.
-- Call or write loved ones -- Rekindle a relationship with someone youcare about or haven't talked to.
However you choose to spend your holidays, be positive and take time to doall the things you enjoy. If you find yourself feeling depressed or lonely, alicensed Marriage and Family Therapist can help you discover the cause of yourunhappiness and guide you towards feeling more secure with being alone.
For more information about Marriage and Family Therapists, or to locate atherapist in your area, please visit http://www.TherapistFinder.com.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, with 27chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional organization,representing the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists. CAMFTprovides TherapistFinder.com as a resource to the public looking for marriageand family therapists located in California. For more information about CAMFT,please call (858) 292-2638 or visit http://www.camft.org.
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists