A Lonely Holiday
New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.
This week: Loneliness During the Holidays
The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. Some people live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones this time of year; others dread going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations without a partner and end up staying home; it’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they're with, thus feeling lonely even if they're in a room full of people. For those who feel lonely during the holidays, this time of year can be a time of additional stress. If you're experiencing loneliness that causes you stress during the holiday season, the following suggestions can help.