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Coping with loneliness at Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving conjures thoughts of family joy and feasts, but for some, it triggers feelings of loneliness.

“The holiday can leave people feeling disconnected from the world,’’ said NewBridge Chief Operating Officer Michelle Borden, a licensed clinical social worker.

The best way to combat feelings of loneliness, Borden said, is to “spend time doing something that’s meaningful to you.” One idea: “Fill your time by giving of your time to others in need,’’ Borden said. Yes, helping others just feels good.

Here are other suggestions:

  • See that movie or read that book you’ve wanted to enjoy but haven’t had time to.
  • Get outside for some exercise if the weather allows. If not, turn up some music and dance indoors.
  • Write down all the things in life you are grateful for. Read it. Give thanks.
  • Treat yourself to a meal you’ll really enjoy, whatever the cuisine.

Try not to wallow in sad thoughts. See the day as a gift of time for yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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