Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time when families and communities gather to celebrate this occasion. Nonetheless, for some individuals, this festive season can serve as a poignant reminder of their solitude, whether it’s due to the loss of loved ones or living far away from family and friends. The feeling of seclusion during such a festive time can be exceptionally tough. But it is essential to conquer this solitude and make it one that is memorable and pleasurable.
What causes loneliness during festivals?
Each individual may have their own reason for feeling lonely during festival time. Mental health specialist Dr. Sonal Anand, a psychiatrist at Wockhardt Hospitals, highlights some common reasons:
1. Feeling the absence of 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 peculiar and lonely at festivals.
2. Social seclusion
You might not have close friends or family to celebrate with, due to which you may be feeling secluded and alone.
Festivals serve as a prompt of the absence of loved ones who have passed away. Their absence can create a void that is deeply felt during festive times.
4. Personal struggles
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. Unattainable 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.”
Ways to conquer loneliness during festivals
1. Reach out to your family and friends
Bridge the gap with your loved ones through video calls or messages. Let them know how you’re feeling. They can provide emotional support and might invite you to celebrate with them.
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2. Offer to help
Engage in volunteering activities during the festival season, as giving back can be fulfilling and is a fantastic way to connect with new people.
3. Participate in festive activities
Engage in local Diwali events such as community celebrations, cultural performances, or religious gatherings related to the festival, to connect with people.
4. Be kind to yourself
Make 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 reasonable 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. Attend a party and form new connections
If you receive invitations to Diwali parties or social gatherings, accept them. Festive events often provide a great atmosphere for making friends.
7. Plan a new activity 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.
Instead of isolating yourself 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, 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.