11/30/2016 11:04 EST

Things To Do If You're Alone During The Holidays

Treat yourself!

People don't always realize it, but not everyone has family to go home to at Christmas.

Whether you can't afford to go home and spend time with your loved ones, or you have no family of your own, whatever the reason, spending the holidays by yourself can be isolating and lonely. But there are ways to cope so you don't feel down during what's supposed to be a joyful time of the year.

Just remember: the holidays don't have to be perfect, and you don't have to feel happy all the time — it's unrealistic and can set you up for feeling bummed out. So, don't be hard on yourself if you are feeling sad. It's perfectly normal!

Below are a few ways to help you feel good if you're spending the holidays alone.

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