How to be alone without being lonely, regardless of your relationship status

City Women & co

December 07, 2018 at 07:45AM

Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin once said (or rather, crooned), “Nobody wants to be lonely.” And that sentiment rings especially true around the holidays. Whether you’re single and wishing you had a cuffing-season partner, or you’re in a committed relationship and various obligations (or worse, family drama) are keeping you apart, the vibe of loneliness can be pervasive.

It’s even harder to avoid these feels when everything about the holiday season—like cheesy cable movies and nonstop seasonal music—practically screams, “Isn’t love the best?!? You should be in it, and it should be picture perfect—don?t forget!” Psychotherapist Lise Schiffer, LCSW, validates that this stress indeed feels very real. “There is enormous social pressure to feel cheerful and social during the holidays,” says.

It?s also easy to feel like everyone around you is smitten, enjoying warm and cozy feelings of love—even if that?s totally…

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