The holiday season is often built up on a lot of excitement and anticipation. The transition into a new year is an opportunity to self-reflect, bond with family, and focus on new resolutions.
Now that we’ve welcomed in 2019, it can be normal to be experiencing “post-holiday” blues, especially if the holiday season failed to live up to your expectations.
Dealing with the disappointment of failed expectations
Maybe you envisioned having quality downtime with your siblings, but things got too hectic and now the opportunity’s gone. You may have hoped for a romantic evening with your significant other, but the stress of last-minute shopping or work commitments got in the way.
Whatever it was that you were feeling disappointed about, it’s important to validate your feelings. Having high expectations means you try to seek out greatness in life, and don’t settle for mediocrity – both positive traits.
That being said, what are some ways you can help alleviate your post-holiday disappointment?
Some tips on getting rid of the disappointment
- Talking out your disappointments or failures can be a source of great relief. You may feel anger or shame about what happened, but as soon as you express those feelings to someone else, they may dissipate.
- Make it a learning experience. Instead of seeing a disappointment as a failure, try to approach it as a learning experience. This perspective shift can help you gain objectivity and practical pointers for the future.
- Forgiving the those that have failed us can be a complicated process, but it will set you free in the long run. Forgiving your own self can be harder still. Give yourself time, and reach out to others for help if you need it.
Reach out for help
If you’re struggling to move forward in 2019, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
Please share this post!