Make This Year Feel Different
The holidays can be a time that we are prone to be influenced by loneliness and other temptations of society. The key to dealing with loneliness is to remind yourself of the people who are in your lives. You can also set goals for expanding your social horizon by looking up activities in your local community and slowly branch out.
And as far as setting goals for the new year, a good method is to do two things. The first is to look at what you accomplished for the entire year, no matter how big or small it is. And then when you set goals for the new year, set goals that are realistic to achieve. Start planning monthly goals and even weekly goals. These smaller steps will add up to you achieving your larger goal. One final step is to make sure that you forgive yourself if you fall short on any goals and adjust your plans along the way so that you can continue on the right path to achieving your goals.
If you are on a budget this year, one thing you can do with your immediate family and close friends is to get together and have a gift-giving drawing where each person buys one gift for one other person. And everyone can contribute to gifts for any kids. If you cannot accomplish this, then another thing to look for are meaningful gifts that are inexpensive. It is best to realize that it is not about the amount you spend on a gift; it is about the meaning behind it. If you are going to buy a more expensive gift for anyone, it should be those people whose birthdays are in December or January since their birthdays are often overlooked during the holidays. Just make sure you don’t overspend. Pick an overall budget and spend based on that budget. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.
When it comes to dealing with family and loved ones you don’t want to see, one method that is beneficial is to make sure that you have other plans in place. This will limit the time you spend with your family. And they won’t feel too offended because you will already have something else that you have to do. And if your family is located in a location where you have to take an airplane, maybe you want to consider connecting to your family via Skype. And if you have no choice but to deal with your family, remind yourself that it’s just for that short period of time and try to make the best of it. You can even picture them as strangers or as someone else that you want to see while you’re with them. Just make sure you avoid any heated arguments or confrontations with them.