With the holidays upon us, I would be lying if I said I wasnt a little nervous about loneliness.
Last year, I was madly in love during the holiday season.
My ex-girlfriend and I exchanged gifts, cuddled on the sofa and celebrated the holidays amid our own secluded world.
There were few things we seemed to enjoy more than letting a cold wintertime day to serve as an excuse for us to do absolutely nothing.
Unfortunately, such relationships came to an end soon after our first wintertime together.
While I kept myself busy during the summer, I knew the holiday season would present a challenge.
Dont get me wrong; I love wintertime hibernation, but there needs to be a balance as cuffing season can be a one-way ticket to loneliness.
Below are six tips for combating that loneliness during this wintertime season.
In my experiences, Ive noticed that people tend to get lazy with their workout routine during the winter.
This makes sense, sincethe pressure to maintain a beach body is eliminated.
However, that lackadaisical approach to ones fitness is a huge mistake.
Considering how easy it is to get lazy during the winter, remaining committed to a workout routine helps me not only looking good, but feel good.
If Im feeling particularly lazy on a slow wintertime day, the consistent objective I set for myself — if nothing else — is to kick ass at the gym that day.
Not to mention, it is far more rewarding to cozy up on a sofa after exercising than to simply cozy up all the time.
Oddly enough, walking my dog has taught me so much about the winter.
My dog is on the older side, and Ive noticed summertime weather can be borderline paralyzing for her.
However, when it comes to wintertime day strolls the cold has this incredible ability to invigorate my dog like shes a puppy again.
I used to position the winter like as a nuisance.
I hesitated to walk outside as I bundled up in layers, folded my arms across my chest and bitterly cursed the cold breeze attacking my face.
However, the trigger of my dog taught me a valuable lesson: Winter is an incredible opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
One activity Ive come to adore is snowboarding.
To be clear, I am an awful snowboarder.
However, with the right gear( jacket, snow pants, gloves, hat ), wintertime activities can be exhaustively enjoyable.
Ultimately, when it comes to wintertime, I always think of the proverb, there is pleasure in pain.
Its painful to wake up early, put one across snow gear and trek on a snowboarding trip.
However, once you find yourself gliding down a pristine mountain, inhaling the fresh air as your body pumps extra adrenaline, its easy to become addicted to winter day activity.
As a single man, it borderline infuriates me when all my single friends want to do on a weekend is play video games.
Even if its cold outside, nightlife still exists.
In my eyes , no single man ever has a good excuse to miss an opportunity to party, socialize and have fun on a weekend night.
Of course, every city is different, and some of you may live in places that become ghost towns during the winter.
However, I live in New York City. No matter how cold it is, you are bound to find beautiful women occupying bars across the city.
So, get off your ass, get a drink in you and get out there.
Netflix and Chill the right way.
Outdoor escapades are surely worth the effort during the winter, but there will inevitably be downtime.
When it comes to Netflix, its easy to binge on the same, familiar reveals season after season.
However, Netflix offers a wealth of under appreciated amusement that ranges from informative and historical to powerful and moving.
Some of my favorite gems on Netflix are the documentaries.
And a particularly useful tool for discovering gems on Netflix is Rotten Tomatoes.
Rotten Tomatoes has a tomatometer which you can use to sort Netflix options based on critical reception.
This meter introduced me to unbelievable documentaries like “Restrepo, ” which chronicled the first-hand experiences of soldiers exchanging gunfire in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.
Dont get me wrong; I love binging on familiar sitcoms.
But it never hurts to throw in the occasional Ted Talk or biographical documentary to add a little substance to a slow wintertime day.
In general, it riles me when people tell me to traveling because if traveling were a financial potential, don’t you think that’s exactly what I would be doing?
Many of us are not fortunate enough to travel during the holiday season, but even a weekend getaway can serve as a freshening change of pace amid a slow winter.
So, go visit that old college friend for a weekend in their hometown or give skiing a shot.
If it’s a potential, hop on a plane and escape the winter for a bit.
Become more of a “yes” man.
Its so easy to fall into the habit of hibernating during the winter.
In the past, I would get invited to numerous social outings, but I would reject all of them purely due to my negative relate with winter.
I didnt want to deal with the cold; I preferred to hibernate.
However, the truth was that hibernation without moderation attained me unhappy.
But in a strange route, being unhappy was far easier than constructing the effort to be happy.
So, take advantage of the invitations you receive this winter.
Whether its the happy hour after work, the impromptu ski trip-up or even the opportunity to shovel some snow with your family, just get out of your house and get moving.
You wont unhappines it.