How do you emotionally navigate the holidays?

How do you emotionally navigate the holidays?

It may seem a silly question to think about, but how you emotionally navigate the holidays may mean the difference between you being able to enjoy yourself or falling into loneliness and sadness. It could even trigger stress and anxiety.

I know that all holidays are generally marketed as a happy time, and by rights they should be for celebration. In reality, they can mean different things to different people. For some, this is a time of distress and intense loneliness. People who may not have families or who have few real friends may see this as a time they would rather be over quickly, or to be ignored, if possible.

So, how do you navigate the holidays?

Consider how disruptive the holidays can be to normal, every day life, and consider how you’re feeling as you enter the holiday period.

  • Is your mood good or sour?
  • Is life treating you well or could things be better?
  • Are your relationships well maintained or do they need urgent attention?

There are a lot of questions you can ask yourself to establish your state of mind and situation. This can help you determine your potential mindset and your perspective going into the holidays. While it may initially seem simplistic, I don’t think many people take the time to think about such things because it’s too easy to dismiss away, and we make automatic assumptions about how things are supposed to be.

You’re supposed to enjoy the holidays, but you can’t really do that if you’re stressed about work. You can’t enjoy the end of the year if you feel like the year has been disastrous for you.

If you put aside some time for yourself, you can establish your emotional and mental state and, if necessary, rebalance or reframe your situation so you are able to enjoy yourself and don’t become a burden to yourself.

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