If you’re anything like me, the holidays can be a stressful time. From crazy family members asking about relationships and future plans to overcrowded concert halls and arenas, the holidays can cause an extreme amount of anxiety.
New Year’s Eve is nearing and many have mapped out their plans to celebrate the coming of 2017. If you’re still figuring out ways to opt out of the crazy events, continue reading because I’ve come up with a list of ways to celebrate the New Year without having to compromise your mental health.
1. Stay in with loved ones.
Even if you’re an introvert, you probably have a group of friends or family who you enjoy spending your time with, so why not spend the coming New Year with them inside the safety of your own home? Pop some popcorn, break out a few bottles of champagne, and watch the Time Square Ball Drop on your TV. A quaint gathering is better than hosting a large group event.
2. Go for a walk.
One of the best ways to welcome the New Year is to get some fresh air. Before the clock hits midnight, grab your best pair of walking shoes and take a stroll down memory lane.
3. Watch a New Years themed movie.
Movies are great. You want to know why? Because you don’t have to talk while watching one. Instead of spending your night conversing over menial subjects like Trump or the weather, kick back, relax and watch a celebratory film to enter into the New Year.
4. Sneak into a quiet area and read a book.
If your parents still dictate your life and force you to go to a party, sneak out of the dining room after dinner and read your favorite book. It may seem anti-social to your family, but if it makes you feel good, so what? Be as anti-social as you want to be. You are not obligated to please people with conversation. Your presence should be good enough.
5. Give yourself a break and head to bed early.
Sometimes the best way to celebrate is to give yourself a break. 2016 was a rough year for everyone, so be a little selfish and let yourself go to sleep early. Don’t worry. The new year isn’t going anywhere, so let 2017 welcome you with open arms when you’re refreshed and well-rested.