Eight wholesome ways you can celebrate New Year's Eve on your own

With most of England now in tier four, this New Year’s Eve is going to look very different to the ones that have gone before.

Unless you’re in a social bubble, you can’t ring in the New Year with anyone you don’t live with, which means everyone in the nation will be having a very quiet night indeed.

For anyone who’s looking at spending the night on their own, we’ve put together some tips on how you can do more with your night than just get drunk on your sofa.

Structure your evening

If you’ve been particularly struggling, then it could help to structure your time as you ring in the New Year.

On the very similar subject of getting through Christmas alone, life coach Tessa Armstrong previously told us: ‘Ensure you establish a structure for your days. Drifting from one day to the next can really get people down.’ 

Try making a plan sticking to it – it can be as simple or as busy as you like as long as your time isn’t unintentionally aimless.

Switch off

Put your laptop away. Turn off the news. Delete the Twitter app from your phone for the night.

There’s been a lot of doom and gloom all year, and we’re not out of the woods yet, so why not take New Year’s Eve as an excuse to switch off from the negativity for a night and fill your brain with things that don’t make you despair over the state of the world.

Call loved ones

Whether you opt for a Zoom chat or and old fashioned phone call, talking to loved ones doesn’t need to be saved for a special event but it can certainly help give this one a sense of occasion.

If you’re looking for ways to make a long-haul video call more interesting and less tiring, try keeping the guest list small, taking regular breaks, and adding games into the mix.

Binge that show on your list

Tomorrow’s a bank holiday and, if 2020’s taught us anything, it’s that time is nothing but than a capitalist construct anyway.

Why not use that time to finnally see what all the fuss is about with whatever it is your friends have been telling you to watch for weeks?

Reflect on good things that happened this year

Yes, we know 2020 hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk – that’s why it’s extra important to take time to reflect on any good things that happened to you this year.

While it’s important to make sure we feel all of our feelings, even the ones that feel bad, taking to think about what you’re grateful for can help ensure you don’t just hold on to the negative stuff.

Treat yourself

We all have a bunch more spare time on our hands, so why not spend that time on yourself?

Whether you prefer exercise or skincare, self-care and self-soothing have been key to getting through the year – we might not have had control over the pandemic but we have been able to control how long your hot bubble baths have been.

Why not ring in 2021 by releasing that extra bit of dopamine into your system once again?

Go to bed whenever you want

When you think about it, time is little more than a capitalist social construct used to dictate little more than when we spend our money and when we have to go earn it.

So why does it matter if you want to go to bed at 10pm tonight?

2020 has been tiring enough, and this year you won’t have anyone saying anything like ‘but you’ll miss the fireworks’ because you’re not with anyone and there are none. Just do you.

Set your intentions for 2021

While plenty of big, overly ambitious resolutions don’t really work, setting the right intentions for the year ahead can get you off to a great start.

Wellbeing experts say resolutions like building self-awareness, watching more movies, and journaling are realistic goals that can actually change your life for the better.

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