In-your-face advertising by major brands and companies- think Hallmark and Kay’s Jewelers-make us believe the holidays revolve around romantic love. If you’re single during the holidays, you might feel like there’s nothing to celebrate. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You have the best reason to celebrate- YOU! The holidays are the perfect time to relax, wind down, and care for yourself.
What better gift could you give yourself than to go into the New Year feeling reinvigorated and clear of mind?? Flying solo during the holidays has plenty of benefits, one of the biggest being that you don’t have to compromise. No fighting over what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, who you’re going to do it with, etc. You decide how you want to spend your precious time and who you want to spend it with.
The holidays are such a stressful time and cause so many fights between couples. If you’re single, you can use that time to focus on self-improvement instead of wasting time fighting. We all have things about us that we don’t like, and this is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Make it your goal to enter the New Year as the best version of yourself possible. Not only will this improve you in general, but it’ll also help you when you meet that special someone.
You’ll be way ahead of the game because you’ll know yourself better, love yourself more, and have more to offer. If you’re wondering what to do with yourself during the holidays, below are five great ideas. These activities will not only allow you to enjoy the holidays while being single but will also benefit you in the long run and prepare you for the upcoming year:
Years end is the perfect time to practice self-care. Sign up for that yoga class, or book the massage you’ve been putting off. This is the best time of year to pamper yourself. You might feel bad spending money on yourself during the holidays because you think you should only buy for others.
However, to be there for your friends and family, you must take care of yourself FIRST. Companies always offer deals and coupons during this time; take advantage of specials and Groupons in your area. Self-care isn’t all about doing physical things for yourself; it’s also about reflecting on yourself and soul-searching.
While everyone else is running around hectically trying to compromise with their partners, make yourself a hot cup of tea, sit back, and think about the year you just had. Reflect on all the good and bad things that happened, the goals you set and accomplished for yourself, the goals you haven’t achieved yet, and set future goals for yourself.
Think about your wants and dreams, the things you want to do differently in the future, and what you would’ve done differently in the past. Think about what you want to do more and how you want your life to look next year. Introspection and knowing what you need and want for yourself is harder than it sounds.
This difficulty is why so many people turn to truly gifted psychics to answer these difficult questions. Getting insight and wisdom from authentic psychic advisors is life-changing. Not only can a genuine psychic tell you things about yourself you didn’t even know, but they can also guide you toward your destiny and shed light on your future love life. The more you know about yourself, the better prepared you are for anything that comes your way.
Holidays are family-centric, and being single means you can spend as much time with yours as you’d like. Your family doesn’t have to share you with someone else’s family, which is great for them. Take advantage of that by helping your mom cook a fantastic Thanksgiving meal for the family, taking your brother to a concert, getting a manicure with your aunt, or spending time getting to know your grandpa better.
This time is an excellent opportunity to get closer to your family, learn more about them, and show them how much you love having them in your life. Not only will your family love the opportunity to spend quality time with you, but being surrounded by unconditional love will also make you feel grateful. If there are family members you haven’t talked to in a while, this could be an excellent time to reach out to them, resolve any conflicts between you, and forgive any wrongdoings.
The holidays are also a great time to show your friends how much you love and appreciate them. When you’re in a relationship, it’s easy to put your friends who have been there for you on the back burner. That doesn’t make you a bad friend; it’s just how things are when you’re in a relationship. However, having free time means you can do things like organizing a friends-only weekend or a fun game night.
Invite all who mean a lot to you and make them feel loved by giving them your undivided attention. Being single during the holidays doesn’t mean you have to spend them alone. Decide if you want a get-together before or after the holidays. You can celebrate the holidays together if enough of you are on board.
“Friendsgiving” has taken off lately as people realize the importance of having good friends. Are you particularly close to the family of any of your friends? I’m willing to bet they’d LOVE having you over to celebrate; don’t feel bad joining them if they invite you. You can’t pick your family, but you can choose your friends. Spend time with them and show them how much they mean to you.
Another incredible perk to being single during the holidays is more free time to help those less fortunate than you and in need. Instead of stressing out about your partner, arguing with them about who to spend your holidays with, etc., you can spend volunteering. Take shelter dogs for a walk, join a city cleanup crew, or wrap donated gifts for needy children.
Giving yourself, your time, energy, and your heart to others fills you with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Volunteering opens your heart, feeds your spirit, and is highly fulfilling. It counteracts the effects of anxiety, stress, and anger on your body, combats depression, and improves your mental health.
It gives you a sense of purpose and increases your self-confidence. Talk about going into the New Year a better you! It’s also worth noting that volunteering is a fantastic way to meet other people. You never know what new friends or relationships you’ll gain by giving your time to a worthy cause.
As I’ve mentioned, one of the best parts about being single during the holidays is that you don’t have to compromise or argue about which of your friends and family you’ll spend the most time with. Since you don’t have to worry about that, you can spend more time with the people you choose, OR you could take some time for yourself and treat yourself to a well-deserved vacation!
Planning a solo trip is usually much easier and cheaper because you don’t have to worry about coordinating or spending unnecessary money on things you don’t want to do. Traveling alone might seem scary and intimidating initially, but it’s incredibly liberating and exciting! It allows you to do whatever you want without agreeing with someone else.
You can also spend as much or as little time as you’d like on what does or doesn’t interest you. You can mingle with other people without worrying about a jealous partner, and you will learn how to step out of your comfort zone. The most significant benefit of traveling solo is getting to know yourself in ways you never imagined.
Everyone should go on at least one solo trip to experience the benefits; the holidays are ideal. While everyone else is running around stressing out, treat yourself to a life-changing experience. Spend time with your loved ones before you go so you don’t feel bad being away from them during the holidays. They will likely understand that you must do this for yourself and will be happy and excited.