Are you alone during the festive season?

While some people may have grand plans for the holiday season surrounded by friends and family, there are some people that may be alone for Christmas this year. People can be alone for a variety of reasons – you may be new to town, travelling alone and are away from loved ones, or you may have recently lost someone close to you.

Whatever the reason, here are six tips that may help you to enjoy the festivities.

1. Be creative

Take advantage of your opportunity to focus on building your creative skills. Whether that be cooking a new recipe you’ve been eyeing since the middle of the year or dusting off your paint brushes for some arts and craft projects… now’s the time to be creative and try something new!

2. Volunteer

Give a few hours to help others this holiday season. You can help out with charities, serve food in a soup kitchen, or visit and have a friendly chat with residents in an aged care facility. This is the perfect opportunity to give back and “pay it forward”.

3. Harness technology

Use technology to connect with friends and family over this Christmas break. You may be hundreds of miles away settling into a new home or travelling far and wide, but that doesn’t mean you can’t Skype or Facetime! It’s important to connect with loved ones during this time of the year, especially if you are alone.

4. Go exploring

Take this time to go to places you’ve never been before. This is a good idea if you’ve just moved to a new city and want to get to know your surroundings. You could go to your local library to catch up on a new novel, head into the city to go exploring or drop into your closest weekend market to buy fresh produce or handmade goods. Bonus: Being alone when you explore means you can go at your own pace.

5. Find others who are also alone this holiday

No doubt there are others like you from work or in your community who are alone this holiday. Invite them to spend time with you and do a fun activity together! Not only will this help you to not be alone, but you could be gaining a new lifelong friend as well.

6. Clean out your space

There is no doubt that throughout the year, you’ve made purchases or kept items that have accumulated in your space that you don’t need anymore. Take the time when you’re by yourself to clean out your wardrobe, kitchen, office or any other area of your life so that you can start 2019 afresh.