How to Manage the Holidays Without a Loved One

The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy, gratitude, and love. A season that’s packed with family traditions and time spent with our loved ones.

You look around and see the stores filling up with decorations, excited shoppers, and endless Christmas tunes.

Except, this year… you don’t really feel like buying into the holiday cheer.

The holiday season is full of joy for some people, while for others it can be a time of grief and sadness. Many people every year have to learn how to navigate the “jolly” season without the ones they love the most by their side.

The memories of spending time with someone you cared for around the season can be hard to manage while you go on making new ones without them. It’s almost like a balancing act of trying to navigate the happy season with the feelings of loss lingering right around the corner.

You want to experience the “magic” that you felt growing up, but it feels unattainable without the person that once brought you so much joy.

1. Don’t ignore your feelings

It can be tempting to want to avoid feeling sad, especially while those around you seem so happy. But you don’t need to hide your grief, even when it’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year.”

When you miss a loved one, it’s not that the pain goes away, you simply learn how to adapt to the hole in your life. And right now, especially if this is the first holiday season without a loved one, that hole may be feeling endless.