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It’s Okay To Feel Sad And Isolated​​​​​ During The Holidays

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We should have known 2020 would go down in history as one of the worst years to date. We literally started the year with Australia on fire, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and Kobe Bryant’s death. Let’s not forget those pesky murder hornets which showed up and the global pandemic which continues to take the lives of loved ones. While I am excited for the new year, we all must bear through the holidays first, and as a recent college graduate, this means returning home for the holidays.

While Hallmark typically portrays the holidays as a time full of love, joy, and sugar plum fairies, this isn’t always the case. The “most wonderful time of the year” can also be a time full of loneliness and even isolation, especially when this pandemic is limiting travel and holiday plans.

Since returning home, I’ve been overcome with this feeling of isolation. In all honesty, I don’t have a job making it hard to meet new people, many of my high school and childhood friends either live in different states or are staying at their graduate schools for this Winter season, and my friends from college live scattered throughout the state. It is common to feel this emotional distance from people who you typically see every week.

Over this holiday season, remember to be good to yourself and honor your time and space. If that means taking a nice relaxing bath, reading your favorite book, or even doing yoga, consider this form of self-care isn’t selfish. Remember you aren’t alone during this time. While people will post perfectly edited Christmas photos with their family or newly engaged fiancee, consider that photo may not be telling the whole story.

Regardless of how isolated you feel during this Holiday Season, remember to practice gratitude. I don’t mean endless hours of meditation, but even jotting down a few words every day can make a world of difference. While Christmas and New Years’ may look a little different this year, this of what you do have instead of what’s missing. I’m surrounded by my loving family, I have my health (which some people don’t have,) and I’m starting the next chapter of my life as a college graduate, open to whatever possibility and journey life takes me.

Happy Holidays everyone! We all may be scattered across the world now, but you’re never fully alone. If you do need help during the holiday season, make sure to seek the guidance and support you need.

 

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