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C21-49 Heather Dugan, Surviving the Holidays when you are Alone.

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Heather Dugan, on air from December 7th
~Tips and advice from relationship expert and award-winning author Heather Dugan on how to keep loneliness at bay~

Heather says that loneliness is a personal concept. While some people don’t need a lot of social interaction to be happy and healthy, others may have contact with friends and family members all the time and still feel alone. “Loneliness happens when you feel socially isolated, and it can have a powerful impact on your mental health. You need to plan for low moments and make the most of situations that are beyond your control,” 

The holiday season should be a time of joy and love, but it can also be a time of loneliness for many people. As we gradually crawl out of the pandemic, the uncertainty around traveling and vaccine hesitancy among Americans may force people who live far from family to stay home and miss seeing their loved ones. “For those who feel a sense of loneliness, holidays can be a time of major additional stress,” 

Dugan. “You can still make memories for yourself by being creative and flexible. Build new “traditions” and find ways to embrace rather than avoid the alone time.”

Some useful suggestions from Heather to add some cheer to solo holidays:

  1. Refrain from comparing yourself to others and assuming they are doing great
  2. Focus on the brighter and positives of the situation
  3. Volunteer and offer your service to someone in need

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 Heather Dugan, a resilient single mom of three, relationship expert, and award-winning author of  Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends and The Friendship Upgradewhich offers solutions for the socially sidelined. “It’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they’re with, which can result in feeling lonely even when in a room full of people.”

Award-winning author, media commentator, and speaker Heather Dugan, pinpoints causes of isolation and offers life-changing solution steps for the socially sidelined as well as those seeking deeper, more meaningful friend connections 

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