The New Year blues
The Christmas and New Year razzamatazz is nearly over for another season. For some, this is a time of happy reunions and family pleasures. For others, it is a painful reminder of broken homes, fractured relationships and the prospect of a gloomy year ahead.
If you are someone who broadly falls into the first group, then, at the point when you are no longer buoyed up by the seasonal festivities, you may still be facing problems such as looming redundancy, unemployment, a fragile relationship or simply a general sense of being depressed. You may want to think about exploring what 2012 holds with someone who will lend a sympathetic ear.
If you feel yourself to be in the second group, in addition to the kind of problems just listed, you may well experience your feelings of sadness and difficulty even more acutely at this time. The sheer difficulty of dealing with the New Year festivities might not only be some kind of personal agony but perhaps also an important piece of encouragement in your decision to seek help.
In either case, the old saying, "a stitch in time saves nine" comes to mind. Counsellors and therapists are here to offer help not only to those who feel that they have an emergency on their hands but also to those who want to take the opportunity to find a fresh start to facing their problems in 2012 with help of a sympathetic listener.
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