Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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For some people, the holidays can be a really stressful time of the year. Not everyone has a family to spend it with or they live too far away to make it home. Here are some ideas for spending Christmas solo.
Have a lazy day and binge watch an entire TV or movie series. Try a classic movie series like Star Wars or Indiana Jones. There are tons of series you can watch on Netflix or Amazon. Most of the HBO series are available to watch on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime. You can get a free 30 day Amazon Prime Trial here.
If you can’t quite get down with watching TV all day take a craft break. Learn how to knit or put together your own Christmas decorations. Write letters or make cards to send to people in the mail. This website collects cards for kids in the hospital.
Make Your Favorite Meal
If you’re into cooking spend the afternoon cooking your fancy dinner or get up in the morning and prepare a full blown brunch. If cooking isn’t your thing try takeout from a non-American restaurant. It’s a great time to get Chinese or Vietnamese food.
It’s almost time to ring in the New Year and I like to start each year by decluttering the heck out of my house. Get ready to slay the New Year by organizing your closets and cleaning out your junk drawer. There’s something about getting rid of a shit ton of clothes that makes me feel ready for a fresh start. Make a huge pile of stuff to donate to your favorite charity thrift store.
If you don’t want to spend Christmas alone signup to volunteer at a homeless shelter or animal shelter. It’ll make you feel great to give back and you can meet other people in your community.
Start a Project
Dedicate the day to starting or working on a project. Start a blog, YouTube channel or draft out your first book. Having a huge chunk of time to work on a creative project is a blessing. Whatever your dream is starting working on it.
Cruise around and look at Christmas light or check out a new park in your city. Christmas is a great time to walk around and enjoy the stillness of the city.
Plan the Year Ahead
My favorite thing to do this time of year is to reflect on the past year and start writing goals for the year ahead. You can check out my workbooks to reflect on the past year.
Have a Dance Party
Anytime I need to cheer myself up I have a dance party by myself. Having a dance party by yourself is the best because no one is there to judge you and you can dance as hard as you want. I love all the Fitness Marshall dances on YouTube.
Read a Book
Spending the day in bed reading is one of my favorite ways to spend a day. It feels so luxurious to be able to spend an entire day in bed. Get a good book and a cup of tea and get super snuggled. I love personal development books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and funny books like Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Give yourself a pro level super fancy manicure. I love to be able to paint my nails unrushed and uninterrupted. This is a great activity to do while you’re doing all your Christmas day binge watching.
I hope these tips help give you ideas for spending your Christmas day alone. Remember, you’re not alone. There are tons of people that are spending the holidays without their family.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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