It is up to you how much you allow this holiday affect you.
Don’t pressure yourself. Don’t let people put pressure on you. If people put pressure on you and you know it gets you down, explain that to them in as much or as little detail as you please. Know that despite what capitalism may suggest, you have a choice to contribute as little or as much as you like. All that matters is your happiness. If you are referred to as selfish. Understand that’s it is ok to want to put yourself first. Anyone that calls you selfish is also being selfish and that’s ok. Be honest with others and with yourself.
And although some people may feel pressure and their mood may deplete due to this holiday, others may deeply look forward to it. It may rise their mood. And their fear is when it is all over and they have to go back to their normal life. Both can cause problems.
It’s ok to feel sad when a holiday season ends. It’s ok to not want your break to end. Accept your emotion. Allow yourself to feel it, just for a while. Don’t punish yourself. If you know it will bring you down, make a plan to ease yourself out of it. If you’re finding yourself to become down and you never thought you would, sit back and reflect on why. Why did it uplift your mood. What can you do in the New Year to ensure your mood remains lifted so highs don’t cause lows.
Whatever you’re doing.
Whoever you are.
Happy Holidays. Happy New Year. And let’s work towards a happy and healthy 2016.