Recently, I wrote about how the holidays were always a little difficult for me when I was single. My “aloneness” always felt a little more real at Christmastime. And then, being at home with my family — while warm and wonderful at times — pulled me out of my normal routine and could leave me feeling out of sorts and grumpy. Whether you’re going “home for Christmas” or weathering the holidays on your own, here are a few tools to keep in mind:
Tool No. 1: Be proactive.
If you’re spending Christmas with family, boredom can be a big factor as you’re yanked out of your normal routine and may have more downtime than you’re accustomed to. In “Making it a Merry Christmas,” I offered this solution:
“Planning ahead can combat boredom. My friend Sarah often plans to do ‘projects’ for her parents when she’s home. One year she put old photos into albums for her mom. Another year, she cleaned and decorated the guest room. In anticipation of potentially…