Bright lights, hot cocoa, the rush of having some time off of work — the holiday season often feels like it’s blooming with romance. In fact, everywhere you look it can feel like you see couples arm-in-arm, discovering ice skating together or wandering in a winter wonderland. But with all of the romance flying around this holiday season, it can sometimes feel a little tricky being single during the holidays. So if you find it a little awkward sometimes, you’re definitely not alone.
Not only are you surrounded by pretty lights and romantic movies, there are also a lot of holiday events where people bring a plus one — and maybe you’re even getting pressure from your family to be coupled up. But this holiday season, you can embrace being single by cashing in on all of the holiday fun, totally solo. There’s no reason you can’t take yourself on a date this holiday season. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to get some quality alone time in the midst of the holiday stress — while still getting to indulge in the fun of this time of year.
“Spending time alone can be the best way to clear your mind, nourish your body, and tap into your inner creativity,” Antonia Hall, psychologist, relationship expert, and author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life, tells Bustle. “Spending quality time with friends and family is a healthy, life-enriching thing to do, but making time just for yourself is just as important.”