It's that time of the year again. The Christmas carols are being piped into the stores, your kids are excited and you're dreading it. You find yourself thinking "I hate Christmas" or "Christmas isn't my jam." It may seem like everyone around you is obsessed with this holiday but don't worry; you're not alone! Many people feel this way during December so why not embrace it? Here are some reasons to be a grinch at Christmas.
- It's called a holiday for a reason! Holidays are meant to be a break from the daily grind and normal routine. Christmas is only once a year; make it about you!
- Christmas season can cause anxiety, depression, loneliness for many people, and we add more stress with expectations on spending time with family and people we potentially wouldn't choose to spend time with any other time of the year.
- You might not like the commercialism or pressure put onto people to buy gifts for each other. The stress of buying/making presents is not worth it in my opinion. If you're really close with someone then why bother? Just buy them something nice on your own time or make a homemade gift for them. This way they won't feel pressure to reciprocate.
- You might find yourself stressed out, overwhelmed and exhausted by the time December 25th comes around because you've been so busy preparing for this holiday season, trying to make the time special for others but ignoring your own feelings about it.
- Money! We all know that December is the most expensive month. Buying presents, going to parties and decorating your home can really add up. If you have a tight budget this year, don't be afraid to put the credit card back in the wallet for a well deserved rest this year.
- What do "I" want for Christmas? Sometimes we do things just to please others and we forget about what we want. Don't be afraid of speaking up this year! It's important to take time for yourself during the holiday season. Whether it be sleeping in, watching Netflix all day or spending time with people you love; do whatever makes YOU happy. You deserve it.
- Have a quick digital detox and avoid Social media! It's everywhere during Christmas...the pictures of happy families having fun together, Instagram models showing off their new outfits for New Year's Eve and the constant Facebook posts about how great this time of year is. I'm not saying you can't participate but take caution before getting on social media because it may make you feel like everything else in your life isn't as perfect or fun as everyone else's appears to be, and that is simply not true!
It's okay to have a different opinion on Christmas than your family/friends/people in general! It may seem like everyone loves it but that's not true. Christmas is a wonderful time for many people but if you aren't so keen on it don't feel bad! After all, there are 364 other days to be merry!
If you are having trouble looking forward to this time of year please don't hesitate to reach out and get help from friends, family you feel comfortable to talk to, or a professional if needed. Speaking to someone can be beneficial and enable you to embrace the season for what it is. Black Dog Institute has many useful tools and tips on getting through tough times, 365 days of the year.