How Do I Cope When I am Alone on New Year's Eve?

10 Tips to Beat Loneliness on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve can signal loneliness for some.
Try not to sweat it if you are alone this New Year's Eve. Vstock LLC / Getty Images

New Year's Eve can be a tough holiday to spend alone. It is one of those days of the year that most people spend with significant others, loved ones or friends. If you are spending New Year's Eve alone either due to social anxiety or for other reasons, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from feeling down.

Below are some tips on how to cope when you are alone on New Year's Eve.

1. Remember that being alone is temporary

Although you are alone this New Year's eve, it doesn't mean that you will be again next year.

If you are alone because of social anxiety, vow to make changes in your life so that you will have company a year from now. Get help for your symptoms and connect with others through support groups and forums.

2. Reflect on the year

The last day of the year is a great time to think back, particularly if you are alone. Think objectively about the year and any progress that you made with respect to social anxiety. Congratulate yourself for successes and achievements whether they were big or small.

3. Watch fireworks

If there are fireworks at a public venue in your area, consider going alone to watch them. Spending time with a crowd of people might help to alleviate some of your feelings of loneliness and watching the fireworks could lift your spirits.

4. Read a book

If you enjoy quiet nights at home, why not treat this as just another one of those nights? Choose a good book that you can't put down and then spend the night reading.

If you really want to get a jump start on making improvements for the following year, select a self-help book for social anxiety.

5. Make resolutions

New Year's eve is a great time to polish off your list of resolutions if you haven't already done so. Resolutions can be about anything from general life improvements to specific concerns related to social anxiety.

6. Go back and accept the invitation

Perhaps you received an invitation to a party that you turned down. Maybe you would have been a single among couples or the thought of spending the evening with a group felt like too much. It isn't too late to go back and say "yes." Consider it a chance to brush up your social skills and usher in the new year with a resolution to attend more social functions.

7. Do something mundane

New Year's eve really is just another night. Cope with being alone by doing mundane things and ignoring the hype surrounding the holiday. Clean your house, organize your office or catch up on your sleep. Don't let tradition dictate your choices if you just don't feel up to celebrating.

8. Rent movies and watch the ball drop

If you are staying in, consider ordering pizza, renting a good movie, and watching the ball drop in Times Square. These are solitary activities that give you the flavor of the holiday and help you to feel like you are participating from afar.

9. Plan some phone calls for midnight

Have people call you or plan on calling others right before midnight so that you have someone with whom to share the countdown.

You don't have to stay on the phone for long; just ring in the New Year and then get back to your solitary celebration.

10. Connect in real time on Social Media

If there is no one that you can call on New Year's Eve, connect with others in real-time on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Watch as people around the world post New Year's updates and ring in the New Year through each of the different time zones.

All of these suggestions will help you to cope with being alone on New Year's Eve. If the thought of being alone on another holiday is bothersome, start making plans now about how to prevent that from happening in the future. 

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