The anxiety of starting a new year

By Zaninka Umutesi
On 31 December 2022 at 09:42

Are you feeling antsy about the New Year? If so, you’re not alone. Many experience a range of emotions in the weeks leading up to January 1st, ranging from anticipatory excitement to outright dread. For some, the mere thought of a new year impending is enough to trigger anxiety.

If you are triggered by this season of the year, here are a few tips that might help you:

Acknowledge the source of your anxiety

We have different fears, focus on learning and what frightens you about the new year, and write down reasons you feel you are not excited.

This year it could be that the person you used to spend this time with is no longer there, but last year it was because you dreaded your financial situation.

Give yourself time to feel any emotions that might come from this, and analyze the specific thing that triggers you in this season because you cannot heal if you do not know the disease.

Avoid being a pessimist

People used to say, ’It’s the beginning of the year. What do you have to be worried about?’

But my fear was that; the beginning of the year. All the plans could fail, I could lose what I have now, and these thoughts would fill my brain until I had no joy for the new year.

I realized thoughts such as; "What if I don’t meet my goals? Should be replaced by "What if I do meet my goals? What if I am successful? What if I am happy?"

By maintaining positive thoughts, you’ll begin to feel more positive. That’s the best mindset for starting a new year!

A supportive group of people

One way to feel more excited about the new year is by creating a supportive network of people.

Reach out to friends and family and let them know how you feel and the support you need.

Creating a support system not only gives you access to resources but also ensures that you are not alone in the transition you are going through.

Your friends can offer support and encouragement, offer feedback on your ideas, and be there to celebrate your successes together.

Celebrate the little and big moments

Take a moment to reflect and celebrate all the little successes you have had.

Make a list of your accomplishments, both big and small. These could include new friendships, starting a new hobby, taking a vacation, or even staying alive.

Looking back at all the great things that have happened in the past can help you feel more excited about the future, as it will remind you of how far you have come.

It will help motivate you and bring feelings of gratitude and happiness.