Navigating the Festive Rollercoaster – Unpacking the 10 Big Feelings

Navigating the Festive Rollercoaster – Unpacking the 10 Big Feelings

The close of 2022 saw me write about the ten big feelings people were bringing to their sessions as the year closed. People LOVED it; it was one of our best-read pieces of content for 2022. So here is your guide through the twists and turns of life at this time of year. As we gear up for the festive season, it’s only natural for a whirlwind of emotions to accompany the jingle bells and the scent of freshly baked gingerbread. 

Here are the ten big feelings that might knock at your door during this festive rollercoaster and how to manage yourself when you spot them.

1. Joyful Jubilation

Ah, the classic holiday cheer! The air is filled with the infectious spirit of joy, and everywhere you turn, lights twinkle and laughter echoes. Embrace the season’s warmth, revel in the joyous moments, and spread the love like confetti. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly!

2. Melancholic Nostalgia

Reflecting on the memories that shaped us as the year draws closer is natural. Nostalgia may tug at your heartstrings, bringing a mix of bittersweet emotions. Allow yourself to reminisce, savouring the beauty of the past while looking forward to the possibilities.

3. Overwhelmed Excitement

The holiday hustle and bustle can leave even the most organised among us feeling a tad overwhelmed. Between gift shopping, meal planning, and festive decorations, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind. Take a breath or ten, prioritise, and remember that it’s okay to ask for help – teamwork makes the dream work!

4. Peaceful Reflection

Amidst the festive chaos, find moments for quiet reflection. The end of the year is an opportune time to ponder personal growth, accomplishments, and lessons learned. Embrace the tranquillity that reflection brings, fostering a sense of inner peace amidst the holiday buzz.

5. Anxious Anticipation

The holidays can also stir up feelings of anxiety – the pressure to meet expectations, financial strain, or navigating family dynamics. Acknowledge your feelings, communicate openly, and set realistic expectations for yourself. Remember, it’s okay not to have everything figured out.

6. Compassionate Generosity

The spirit of giving is a hallmark of the festive season. Whether it’s a thoughtful gift, a helping hand, or a simple act of kindness, generosity fills the giver and receiver with warmth. Channel your inner Santa Claus and spread the love, knowing that even the smallest gestures can make a significant impact.

7. Contented Coziness

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of coziness during the holidays – snuggling up by the fire, sipping hot chocolate, and enjoying the company of loved ones. Embrace the hygge vibes, creating a warm, inviting space that nourishes your soul and fosters contentment.

8. Frustrated Overwhelm

With a packed holiday schedule, it’s easy to feel frustrated when things don’t go according to plan. Take a step back, reassess your priorities, and remember that perfection is overrated. Embrace the imperfections, find beauty in the chaos and realise that sometimes, the most memorable moments arise from the unexpected.

9. Grateful Reflection

Expressing gratitude is a powerful way to cultivate a positive growth mindset. Take time to reflect on the blessings in your life, big and small. Whether it’s the love of family, the support of friends, or the simple pleasures that bring you joy, gratitude can turn even the most challenging days into moments of profound appreciation.

10. Hopeful Anticipation

As the year concludes, the festive season is a beacon of hope for the future. Embrace the optimism of new beginnings, setting intentions for the year ahead. Whether it’s personal goals, aspirations, or dreams yet to be fulfilled, let the festive spirit fuel your anticipation for what lies on the horizon.

So there you have it, my friends – the ten big feelings that might be along for the ride this festive season. Remember, it’s okay to experience mixed emotions, and navigating the ups and downs is all part of the holiday adventure. I wish you a season filled with joy, reflection and much love. Until next year, see you in 2024. 

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