Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time when families and communities come together to celebrate this festival. For some people, however, this joyful time can be a poignant reminder of their loneliness, whether this is 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 particularly challenging. But it is crucial to overcome this loneliness and make it special and enjoyable.
Why do you feel lonely during festivals?
Everyone can have a different reason for feeling lonely during festivals. 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 some reason you are far from home and live alone, you may also feel a bit strange and lonely at festivals.
2. Social isolation
You may not have close friends or family to celebrate with, which may leave you 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 deeply felt during the holidays.
4. Personal challenges
Some people may be dealing with personal challenges, such as health problems, financial problems, or relationship problems, that make it more difficult 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, “Expecting joy, togetherness, or specific celebrations but not experiencing them can cause feelings of isolation and disappointment.”
How to overcome loneliness during festivals?
1. Connect with your family and friends
Reach out to loved ones via video calls or messages to bridge the gap with those who cannot be with you. Let them know how you feel. They can provide emotional support and invite you to celebrate with them.
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Participate in volunteer activities during the festival season as giving back can be rewarding and a great way to connect with new people.
3. Participate in festive events
Participate in local Diwali events such as community celebrations, cultural performances or religious gatherings related to the festival to connect with people.
4. Be good to yourself
Take time for self-care activities such as meditation, reading, or a festive hobby that you enjoy. Participating in these activities can bring you joy and relaxation.
5. Set realistic expectations
Avoid overly high expectations and focus on creating enjoyable moments within your means. And accept that loneliness can come and go, and that it’s okay to have mixed emotions.
6. Have a party and build new connections
If you receive invitations for Diwali parties or social gatherings, go for it. Festive events often provide a great atmosphere to make friends.
7. Plan something new for this Diwali
Create your own special Diwali tradition or celebration. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, redecorating your home, or experiencing a unique cultural experience, doing something new can create excitement and reduce loneliness.
Instead of sitting in a corner and blaming others or fate, do your best to create a special day for yourself. Instead of waiting for someone else to invite you to a party or day out, take the initiative and plan a party 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.