I know Christmas should be a happy time of year with friends and family, but it really is one of the worst times of the year for me. For some reason my anxiety levels go through the roof. Why do I feel so alone even when my friends and family are around me?
Christmas can be a very challenging and lonely time of the year, even if you’re privileged enough to have family and friends around you.
If you’re not dealing with higher than normal levels of anxiety and stress, you will feel isolated and alone, no matter how many people you have around you. You have to feel right internally before you’re able to enjoy and feel relaxed around others.
That’s why Christmas can be challenging - we know that it’s the time of year we should be able to enjoy, so we put extra pressure on ourselves. We ask ourselves, ‘why can’t I enjoy this time of year like everybody else?’, which makes us feel guilty and separated from others.
The truth is, you should be able to enjoy Christmas. You deserve to enjoy it, just like anybody else. In fact, you should be able to enjoy everyday, which is why the focus shouldn’t be on just enjoying Christmas. Focus on getting your BALANCE right, and everyday will get better (including Christmas!).
You always have options and choices no matter your circumstance, and a new year really can mean a new start.
Make 2016 your turning point for change, because it’s absolutely possible.
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