I feel this external pressure to be happy and cheerful during the holiday season.
I get caught up with the holiday bustle, and I forget to slow down.
I want to be present when I’m with my family, but I also need to take time for myself and remember that it’s okay if I don’t always feel positive.
Even though it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean that my mental illness goes on holiday. Because of this, I need to set boundaries with myself. Taking breaks, going on walks, and most importantly, trying to keep a schedule.
Last year I was hard on myself. I wasn’t feeling particularly cheerful, and that made me feel selfish and ungrateful. This year, I am removing the pressure and expectation. How I feel is how I feel, and I can be grateful and full of joy even if I’m having a stressful day.