This is sort of based on an idea from the anxiety forum - the same one as Themys' Post Christmas Positivity but a little more subdued and sort of a response to a post yesterday that I didn't think was very pleasant.
Whatever you are feeling it's okay - they are just feelings. They aren't you. Let them wash over you.
Pin them to this post if you don't want them and let them flow into the tide of oblivion.
Leave them here if they are good feelings and watch them bloom.
Just don't let it consume you so you take it out on other people or yourself.
It is okay to enjoy doing something but still not feel at the end of it that life has a meaning or is something that you could put your hand on your heart and say - yes! give me more.
It's okay to enjoy being with family and friends
It's okay to find being with family and friends really stressful and want to be on your own
It's okay to fake enjoying the festive season - actually I think it's a lot more than okay - shows that you really care about people around you!
It's okay not to fake enjoying the festive season - we are human and sometimes we just have to be true to what we are feeling (or not feeling).
It's okay to feel alone and isolated because those around us don't understand or have gone away.
It's okay to feel frustrated and angry
Hope you all find a precious moment of stillness and manage to hold on to and remember it.