The holiday season can be a challenging time for many people. If you’re feeling isolated or alone during the holidays, know that you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to cope and find support during this time.
1. Connect with other LGBTQ+ folks: Reach out and look for holiday events or gatherings you can attend that can provide a sense of belonging, or you can connect online through social media or virtual events. Being around other people with similar experiences can be incredibly supportive and help you feel less alone. We’ll be posting several holiday events you can participate in on our events page.
2. Create your own holiday traditions: If your family or community doesn’t celebrate the holidays in a way that aligns with your values or identity, consider creating your own traditions. Host a gathering with friends who also feel isolated, cook a meal that’s meaningful to you, or engage in an activity that brings you joy.
3. Practice self-care: Make sure you’re taking care of yourself during this time by engaging in activities that help you recharge. Take a long walk, meditate, read a book, or do something creative that you enjoy.
4. Reach out to loved ones: If you have supportive friends or family members who can be there for you, reach out to them. They might not understand what you’re going through, but they can still provide emotional support.
5. Connect with a mental health professional: If you find that your feelings of isolation and loneliness are becoming overwhelming, consider talking to a mental health professional. They can provide support, guidance, and resources to help you navigate this difficult time.
Remember, it’s important to prioritize your mental health and wellbeing during the holiday season. You have a right to celebrate the holidays in a way that feels supportive and affirming for you.