Loneliness during festival season: 7 tips for a happier Diwali

Overcoming loneliness during Diwali or any other festival can be challenging, but it's certainly possible with some effort. Here are 7 tips to help you connect with others and make the most of the festive season.
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Overcome loneliness during festival season with these expert-backed tips. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Aayushi Gupta Updated: 13 Nov 2023, 13:29 pm IST
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Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time when families and communities come together to celebrate this festival. However, for some individuals, this joyous season can be a poignant reminder of their loneliness, whether it’s due to the loss of loved ones or living far away from family and friends. The feeling of isolation during such a festive time can be especially challenging. But it is crucial to overcome this loneliness and make it special and enjoyable.

Why do you feel lonely during festivals?

Each person may have a different reason to feel loneliness during festival time. Mental health expert Dr Sonal Anand, a psychiatrist at Wockhardt Hospitals, points out some common reasons:

1. Missing loved ones

Festivals often remind us of family and friends with whom we celebrate festivals. If, for any reason, you’re far away from your home and live alone, you may also feel a little strange and lonely at festivals.

2. Social isolation

You might not have close friends or family to celebrate with, due to which you may be feeling isolated and alone.

3. Loss of loved ones

Festivals serve as a reminder of the absence of loved ones who have passed away. Their absence can create a void that is profoundly felt during festive times.

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4. Personal challenges

Some people may be dealing with personal challenges such as health issues, financial difficulties, or relationship problems, making it harder for them to participate in festivities or connect with others.

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5. Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment and loneliness during festivals. Dr Anand says, “If you anticipate joy, togetherness, or specific celebrations but fail to experience them, it can trigger feelings of isolation and disappointment.”

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How to overcome loneliness during festivals?

1. Connect with your family and friends

Reach out to loved ones through video calls or messages to bridge the gap with those who can’t be with you. Let them know how you’re feeling. They can provide emotional support and might invite you to celebrate with them.

Also read: This Diwali, light up your life by adopting these 5 healthy habits

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2. Volunteer

Engage in volunteering activities during the festival season, as giving back can be fulfilling and is a great way to connect with new people.

3. Join festive events

Participate in local Diwali events such as community celebrations, cultural performances, or religious gatherings related to the festival, to connect with people.

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Socializing is a good way to get rid of loneliness. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

4. Be good to yourself

Take time for self-care activities like meditation, reading, or a festive hobby you enjoy. Engaging in these activities can bring you joy and relaxation.

5. Set realistic expectations

Avoid setting overly high expectations and focus on creating enjoyable moments within your means. And accept that loneliness may come and go, and it’s okay to have mixed emotions.

6. Go for a party and build new connections

If you receive invitations to Diwali parties or social gatherings, go for it. Festive events often provide a great atmosphere for making friends.

7. Plan something new for this Diwali

Create your own special Diwali tradition or celebration. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, decorating your home differently, or embarking on a unique cultural experience, doing something new can bring excitement and reduce loneliness.

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Instead of sitting in a corner and blaming others or fate, make efforts to create a special day for yourself. Instead of waiting for someone else to invite you to a party or day out, you take the initiative and plan a celebration together. This way, you can avoid future disappointments and ensure a joyful experience. So, have fun, and we wish you a very happy Diwali from the Health Shots team.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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