Talk about a holiday with some pressure on it. One night to usher out the old and in the new. One night to set the tone for the year. New Years, in all its pomp and circumstance can be tough to navigate especially if you’re newly coupled or single. Here are a few thoughts on keeping the night anxiety-free (or, you know, manageable).
- In a new relationship? Start late. It might seem like a great idea to get dinner at 7:00, but remember that’s still 5 hours away from the main event. If this is a second or third date sort of situation, keep this in mind and make reservations late. Ditto on taking a date to a party your friends are hosting — that’s a lot of hours for your date to spend with folks he or she is meeting for the first time.
- Headed to a party sans a plus one? Toast yourself when the clock strikes midnight. Think of something you did this year that makes you proud (doesn’t have to be big, don’t over think it), raise your glass of bubbly beverage in your own honor and give yourself a big ole’ sloppy gratefulness kiss.
- Alone on New Years, no big plans? This means you have a whole evening to celebrate you. Watch your favorite movies. Read (or re-read) your favorite book. Make or order your favorite dinner. See the above idea for your midnight toast.
- Most importantly, remember that things will be mostly the same on January 1, 2014 as they were on December 31, 2013. Seriously. Maybe I’m mistaken but I’m pretty sure some stuff hung over from 2012 into 2013 and I’m not holding my breath for any magical blank slate in 2014. While the beginning of the year is a good time to reflect and set goals, so is the middle of March. Do what works for you.