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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.