You Don’t Need to Be Cheerful Just Because It’s the Holidays
When people push you to "keep being positive" do not react immediately, instead, with a level head, try these:
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Ask yourself what you think a realistic amount is to spend on gifts for yourself and others. It should be a number that you can realistically afford without dipping into your savings or creating credit card debt.
Then do your best to stick to your budget without getting caught up in consumerism. One strategy could be to use your travel funds. If you've cancelled a trip, you could redistribute a portion of those dollars for gifts.
"Look on the bright side." Amid a pandemic and widespread social unrest, experts caution us against phrases like these that are not only unhelpful but also toxic.
Positivity makes people appear more well-adapted and popular with their peers.
The issue is not the people who are genuinely upbeat but when people are forced to appear positive in situations where it's not natural, like illness, homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, or racial injustice.
Forcing positivity denies a very real sense of despair and hopelessness and alienates those who are struggling.
Internalizing these messages can also be damaging. We judge ourselves for feeling negative and then feel bad for feeling bad. It postpones any healing or move toward problem-solving.
Holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but many people feel sadness due to heightened expectations, family rifts and comparison with others.
Our cause of sadness is often related to the fact that we compare our lives with the lives o the people we follow and that seem to be having loads of fun on social media
Try to avoid social media during holidays and during mandatory social gatherings. Also, avoid gatherings that drain your energy.
Negative emotions can sap us from the inside. Create your happiness by observing and learning from your negativity by using self-awareness
Brighten your day by being generous, providing funds to the needy, holiday gifting to the poor, or doing some volunteer work.