As if Christmas isn’t hard enough but only a week later we have New Year. New Year comes with its own set of problems. New Year’s Eve involves socialising and partying. New Years Day is often another big family gathering. Chances are you haven’t yet recovered from Christmas and now you have to deal with New Year too. Here are 4 tips to help on New Year’s Eve!
New Year’s Eve tends to involve lots of parties! Whether it’s partying out on the town or seeing the New Year in with friends and family it usually involves a party. If you or your child can’t cope then don’t go. It’s more important that you are happy and calm than putting yourself into stressful situations. We don’t go to parties or have people in our home. We just have our little family unit and we don’t have anything structured for New Year. If we want to do something we tend to play board games or watch a film. Do what is right for you!
Firstly, it’s hard to look forward to staying up and seeing in the New Year at midnight when your child never sleeps before midnight anyway! Most people let their children stay up as a treat with the reward of a lie in the next day. I personally would rather be tucked up fast asleep by 9 pm. However, we do stay up until midnight but not for the purpose of seeing in the New Year and we don’t make a big fuss about it. To be honest it’s just another day right? So do what is best for you and your family. If you need to go to bed at your usual time it’s still going to be the 1st January when you wake up.
New Years Resolutions can be really stressful. People often stop smoking or give up chocolate. I have seen some people who plan to do something new every single day. Whilst these are all admirable resolutions they are big sacrifices and what happens if you can’t do it? There is a lot of pressure when it comes to making New Years Resolutions. If you are going to set yourself a resolution make it achievable. Do it for yourself and make sure it’s something you want to do. This year my resolution is to be kinder to myself. I think this is a reasonable and achievable goal and in turn, it will be good for me.
When I was younger I remember that on New Year’s Eve you could watch the fireworks in London on the TV. People didn’t have their own fireworks on New Year. I’m not sure when or why it became a thing but it is and it sucks. Yes, fireworks are pretty but if you’re hypersensitive to noise or light then midnight on New Year can be awful. It’s time to think back to Bonfire Night and use the same strategies. Ear defenders, earplugs, noise-cancelling headphones are all great for blocking out the noise. If you have light sensitivity close the curtains and avoid the fireworks.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve and New Years Day do what works for you and what is best for you and your family. New Year marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Pat yourself on the back because you’ve made it through another year!
We hope that these 4 tips to help on New Year’s Eve have given you something to think about and hopefully will make it easier on you… If you need any more support…