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  • Writer's pictureMadison Hudson

Single and Thriving: Navigating the Holidays Solo

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the familiar feelings of loneliness and like you’re behind in life. For those of us who want to be in relationships it can prove to be a challenging time. In the past I have let those feelings overcome me and then my holiday season is just totally ruined and not at all magical. Over the years I’ve found different ways to add meaning for this time of year all while finding joy in this chapter of my life. Here are 6 of the ways us singletons can create holiday magic all one our own:

1. Change Your Perspective

The first step in navigating the holiday season as a single person is to shift your perspective. Instead of seeing this time as a reminder of your relationship status, view it as an opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. Embrace the freedom to create your own traditions and make the most of this season as an individual.

2. Create Your Own Traditions

One of the benefits of spending holidays and special occasions alone is that you can create your own traditions, ones that bring you joy and those warm holiday fuzzy feelings. Whether it's trying a new recipe, Christmas shopping for yourself, or decorating everything the way you want, establishing personal traditions can make these occasions feel special and meaningful.

3. Enjoy the Silence

Sometimes, spending holidays alone can be an opportunity to enjoy the silence and tranquility. Take a moment to reflect, meditate, or simply enjoy the peace that comes with solitude. Find pockets of calm when you can and savor them.

4. Give Back and Volunteer

Volunteering during the holidays is a rewarding way to create a sense of purpose and connection. Offer your time and energy to a cause that you're passionate about, and you'll find a deeper meaning in the season.

5. Engage in your Favorite Hobbies

This is the perfect situation where you can dedicate time for YOU and doing what you like to do. Cooking, reading, puzzles, whatever it is this is the time to dedicate your favorite things.

6. Maintain Social Connections

This feels like a no-brainer but keep up with your friends and plan fun events! Even though you may be single, don't isolate yourself. Creating traditions with my other single friends has kept me sane the last few years and given me things to look forward to that don’t involve a significant other. Plus, I would way rather spend the night laughing until I cry with my friends instead of crying because of how lonely I am.


Navigating the holiday season as a single person can be challenging and bring out the most negative of feelings. Remember that the holiday season is a time to cherish and celebrate your individuality, nurturing the relationships and connections that bring joy to your life. Enjoy the season with an open heart and an optimistic outlook, and you'll find that suddenly you are looking forward to the next holiday season.

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