It’s Lonely Season

Its not always a Jolly and Happy Season for People

The classic sad and lonely position Image courtesy of Google.

The classic sad and lonely position Image courtesy of Google.

Annalyese Richardson, Staff Writer

The holiday season is upon us, which means colder weather, hot chocolate, holiday movies, sweets, etc. Turkey’s will be eaten and Christmas presents will be open, but, why does it still feel like something is missing, not complete, and sad? Many say that it’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year”, no one looks into the behind the scenes, of the holiday season and the stress it brings to people and families. Many people don’t have a girlfriend/boyfriend to spend the season with, many families come together just to not get along, and shopping is crazy and many end up spending thousands.

No Bae, No Worries

According to USA Today, the day after Christmas, all the way up to Valentine’s day dating website reach their highest peaks. Over 50 million messages are sent out during this time, including 1 million dates. Dating websites are key if you’re feeling lonely during the holiday season, but so is getting out and meeting people on your own. Don’t waste your time sitting on your couch watching Netflix and crying because there is someone for everybody.

Thanksgiving Clapbacks

Thanksgiving always brings families together and sometimes families just don’t get along, which causes fights and unneeded stress. Many people even skip out on Thanksgiving because they don’t want to deal with the drama, but, not seeing your family can be very depressing. According to PsychologyToday, here are some tips to help you with your reactions to things

  1. Plan ahead If you know a certain family member is going to say something to you or if you know certain events are inevitable to happen, make a mental note about it and remember to exit yourself from the situation.
  2. Know your triggers (think people, smells, sights, sounds, the tone of voice, foods, alcohol, emotional intensity, etc.)
  3. Identify your trigger thoughts that increase anger
  4. Notice what’s different
  5. Celebrate! You’re attending a family gathering with a finite end time. Plan on doing something nice and relaxing to celebrate keeping your cool and not fanning the family flames!