Christmas and the New Year can sometimes be a bit of a stressful and depressing time for some of us. I was chatting with a friend of mine who volunteers with the state emergency services and I asked her if she would be able to get some time off during Christmas. She said, “Not really! It actually gets really busy because lots of people get depressed around Christmas time and that’s when we get extra call outs to suicides and the like.”
Though we’re told that Christmas and New Year is a wonderful time of the year, it actually can be really stressful and upsetting for plenty of people. And looking back on the year just gone, I found myself feeling a little depressed as well. I found myself focusing on the times I’ve procrastinated and wasted precious time I could have spent working on my writing, my blog, exercise, etc. I stopped focusing on the little successes I’ve had and instead focused on the big successes I didn’t have. In short, I found myself wondering if I’ve really got it and if I haven’t just been wasting my time for 2014.
But I know I haven’t been wasting my time. Sure, I haven’t done as much as I would have liked, but I know I’ve been steadily working for the whole of the year and slowly building up towards the accomplishment of all my big goals. I may not have done everything I’d like to have done for this year but I know I’ve put in plenty of hard yards and who knows, that may mean a big accomplishment next year instead for me. I have to remind myself not to get frustrated and lose patience and hope and to keep steadily ploughing on, with new goals and new visions for 2015. And part of that is reminding myself that success is going from failure to failure without losing my enthusiasm.
So give yourself a break this Christmas and New Year’s. Don’t think about the things you don’t have and instead choose to express gratitude for the things you do have. Get rid of any undue pressure you’re putting on yourself and instead choose to use this time to refresh and rejuvenate yourself so you too can get out there in the new year with some sparkling new enthusiasm and continue to work towards your goals, dreams and hopes.