1. Let it Out
First thing first, spending Christmas alone sucks. It doesn’t matter if you’re exploring Machu Picchu or sitting at work, on Christmas Day there is something uncontrollable that makes even the most badass soloist want to be with other people. So get out all those negative feels. Yell, cry, swear, punch your pillow, do whatever you need to do to get it all out. But then lift your head high and accept it for what it is. The day will be miserable if you focus on what you are missing out on. Put it to the back of your mind and remember that not everyone gets to spend Christmas with their family. Focus on what you are grateful for instead, whether it be the opportunity to travel, or a roof over your head.
2. Get off social media
But all my friends and family will be on there? But so will all their photos and posts of them spending Christmas together without you. Unless you are made of very strong stuff then Facebook will just drive you into misery. Stay away from it! Instead read a book or get outside and explore. Just remember to tell someone where you are going first.
3. Pick up the phone
Calling your loved ones is so much better than a post on their Facebook wall. And it will help give you a much needed pick-me up.
4. Find your tribe
If you are travelling then odds are there are other people around you who are away from their families too. Be brave and say hello. Odds are they will be just as happy to find someone to spend the day with. Hostels can be great for this as they often throw a celebration of some kind.
5. Keep busy
Being busy is a great way to keep in a positive mindset. If you are travelling then see if there are any group tours running. If not go for a city walk or a hike. Just because everything is closed doesn’t mean you can’t go exploring. Go see the famous buildings, parks and landmarks. If you are at work then keep focus on your tasks. If your at home then try a new skill or work on a hobby. Christmas is the perfect time to learn to knit a sweater or bake a Christmas pudding!
6. Sleep and eat
Pack the fridge with all your favourite foods, drinks and snacks and eat your fill. It’s Christmas after all! And what’s better after a big meal than a nice afternoon nap. Zzzzzz…
7. Remember it’s just 24hrs
If you are having a bad time of it then remember Christmas is just one day and it will be over soon. It’s easy to get down but follow the 6 steps above and it won’t be so bad.