How to End Holiday Hopelessness

Hello and happy holidays! May your final grades by high and your holiday bonus be higher. In light of impending gift shopping and hopes of good weather during heavy travel times, there has been a pretty constant theme surrounding me recently. I have been stressed and overwhelmed, but in spite of this, I have stayed relatively calm compared to past years. I haven’t really been putting myself down or feeling any sort of negativity towards myself, except when I know I should be studying instead of watching Gilmore Girls.

This is because of the optimism surrounding me in these four words: you are worth it. I prefer to keep religion apart from my posts, but in this case, it is hard to avoid. In my religion is the first place this phrase has been relevant. I find comfort in knowing I have a bigger power looking over me; that there are no accidents. For you, this may not be the case, and keeping that in mind, I can easily say this goes far beyond spiritual beliefs no matter how rooted in them they may be for me.

If nothing else, let the fact that you somehow came upon this post be a sign that you are worth it. It is said that cold, cloudy weather makes people feel more pessimistic than usual. In a time like winter where the winds pick up, the temperature drops, and the stress of the holidays can seem like a never-ending whirlwind it is super important to remember why you are doing it all. The answer is you are worth it! Early school years to college, those final tests can be brutal. So, if you find yourself thinking you want to give up or if at this point, you are just hoping for the best, think to yourself “I am worth it.”

Remember that no matter what anyone else says, you are doing this for yourself. Your family or friends may encourage you through your education by explaining that it is so you can get along better in life after school, but remember that most importantly it is because you are worth it. You deserve to know multiplication tables or when the civil rights movement began because it makes you a more rounded and intelligent being. It may help later, but most of all, you are worth it.

When work is feeling awkwardly slow or you work somewhere where the holidays brings in so much business you almost wish it was dull again, remember you are worth it. You may want to quit, but if you normally love your job and it’s just a rough season, remember you are worth it. After this time of tribulations, your happiness will be worth it.

Maybe you aren’t working or in school. Maybe your struggles are greater than that. Maybe you do not know where your next meal will come from or how you are going to pay rent next month. The great thing about the holidays is that it is a season, above all else, of giving. If you are in a rough time, now is better than ever to reach out to family, local charities, shelters, churches, and organizations. If pride has been keeping you back or you feel some sort of shame simply set those feelings aside. It may be hard, but there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Do you want to know why? It is because you are worth it.




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