The holiday season has ended, and you are likely sitting there, wondering how all of your hard work, traveling, spending, and preparing could take so long, yet pass so quickly.
There’s always an emptiness—a dead space— between Christmas and New Year’s that is awkward to try to fill. New toys get played with a little at a time, new clothes await their inaugural donning, and the leftovers wonder if they will be eaten or disposed of outright. Families grow quieter as the excitement of “the day” wanes.
We always know it is coming, but the quiet is the clincher. With the dying of the hustle and bustle, we cannot help but sit back and reflect on the days, weeks, and months now passed. We become guilt-ridden from the two huge holiday meals and seasonal snacks we likely just consumed. We look about the house, noticing (again) things that could (and should) be fixed and re-arranged. We think about the new year and what we hope it will bring.
We reflect on ourselves and our surroundings with a very critical eye, trying to determine how we will change everything we don’t like this year. There’s so much to do! Yet, so little time to prepare—only six short days until New Year’s Eve—less than a week to begin correcting everything that we regret in our lives; essentially, to start anew.
How did we let it get so out of hand, whatever “it” is? Where did this stuff come from, these knickknacks and extra junk? And these extra pounds? Don’t get me started…
Relax, breathe, and get your mind right
Why are we so self-destructive during these six days? If the impending changes could be accomplished in a day, we would have already done them. Somewhere between the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas fudge, we lose rationality, reason and objectivity.
Consider these questions while you prepare for the new year and “new you”. Maybe these will help to relieve a little of the pressure you may be feeling.
- How do we go about these changes without setting ourselves up for failure?
- Are we considering long, mid, and short term goals, or dumping everything on ourselves at once?
- Are we concentrating too much on a date or time frame when we should be concentrating on sustainability for our self-improvement?
Let’s discuss what you think about these questions below. Do you have a piece of advice you normally give that works?