We all need social connections, it’s part of our fundamental design as human beings, and research has also shown that having friendships supports our health!
However, during the holiday season many people are ‘overstimulated‘, ‘overcommitted’, and ‘overwhelmed’ with too many events. This can leave people feeling emotionally and mentally drained, and certainly getting a lot less sleep than they would like! I’ll gently remind you, be choosy about how you spend your time. Politely decline invitations you are not comfortable with, and focus on the relationships that truly matter to you!
After reading this, you might be thinking “This is NOT not what I’m experiencing THIS year”.
I hear you. Most people I have spoken with in my practice are struggling with the opposite: lack of connection
In other words, loneliness. With changing family dynamics, different living arrangements, simple geography, and recommendations or even restrictions in place in some communities, it’s not being overcommitted socially that is of concern but rather the distinct lack of it that is leaving some feeling at a loss.
Every year, many people are left alone during the holidays. If you feel lonely or isolated, are there ways you can consider getting involved in different activities? Are there any volunteer opportunities? Are you able to reach out to people who may find themselves alone during the holiday season and consider including them in your plans? Can you consider coordinate a phone or video call if physically being together is not possible?
I bet you can try!
It just might take some creativity, but the rewards will be far greater than just the social stimulation.
At every time of year relationships and social stimulation is essential for health and happiness, make it a priority!