Top tips for surviving Christmas when single

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Whether you've been single a while or fallen victim to the pre-Christmas "breakup season", the holidays can be a lonely time.

When you're seeing couples sharing gifts and celebrating on social media when you're on your own, it can be easy to get down - especially when kisses under the mistletoe are to be avoided due to Covid-19.

Maria Sullivan, Dating Expert and VP of Dating.com, explains that if you are feeling blue at Christmas, you're not alone.

"The holidays are a time to share joy with loved ones, and it can be difficult when you don't have a partner to share old and new traditions with," she said. "Whether you're newly single or have been without a significant other for a while, feelings of loneliness can be intensified during the holidays due to the pressure to be cheerful."

As a result, she's come up with some top tips to help those without a partner have a happy holiday.

Make plans with friends

"Even something as small as planning to go present shopping together can take your mind off issues with dating and relationships," she advised. "Don't be afraid to try new things and reach out to friends you haven't seen in a while."

Baking

Maria believes baking is "a great way to de-stress".

Give back to your community

"It's the season of giving and another great way to stay busy is to volunteer at a local charity," the dating expert explained. "You'll meet new people whose beliefs and values align with yours, all while giving back to those in need."

One thing that can be a problem for singletons at Christmas is awkward questions from loved ones - and Maria has advised us on how you should best respond.

"If someone from your family asks about dating, don't feel ashamed of your independence," she said. "Let them know that you're enjoying single life and all the freedoms that come with it. When the right person comes around, you'll know - and eventually, your family will too!"

And of course, remember - the New Year is on the way and 2022 might just be the one in which you find lasting love!

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