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New Year Eve Blues

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Morgan Sutton, LPC

Privileged ProvenTherapist

Many assume that New Year’s Eve is anticipated by most with a sense of celebration, enthusiasm, joyful anticipation and excitement, yet I have found that for a large percentage of the population this simply is not true! Client’s have repeatedly asked, β€œis something wrong with me because I don’t like New Years Eve? I don’t feel like celebrating; I feel sad and depressed.”

If you find yourself among those who suffer from the New Years Eve Blues, let me suggest that nothing is wrong with you!

These may be a couple of the reasons to explain why you feel as you do:

  1. Human beings are creatures of habit, and sense a familiarity with the year that’s ending. We’re uncomfortable with change and have the illusion we know what to expect from the year we’re about to lose. Change and uncertainty lay ahead creating a sense of anxiety, even dread, for some.
  2. The preparation and anticipation of the holiday season is over leaving others with a feeling of let down, much like the ending of a long awaited vacation.

Perhaps knowing that you are among a large group of like minded people will ease some of your discomfort this New Years Eve, and as you do absolutely nothing to celebrate, you will allow yourself to feel just fine about that!!