Christmas is just around the corner, yet it may not feel exciting or bring with it feelings of joy. After all, we have been exposed to all things festive since before Halloween.

The early signs of pressure, the sight of early decorations and overall feeling of being rushed may well have been accompanied by an overwhelming sense of things being too much as a result of the ever long approaching anticipation. The culmination of such a long wait may bring about some rather low feelings. It may become difficult to hold on to something, and therefore may prompt some to experience a rather acute sense of loss. That sense of loss may be representative of many different things, each unique and different to everyone. As Freud notes:

“We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely. It nevertheless remains something else.”

So perhaps, it is alright to feel this way, and it is okay to just be in it. There is a lot one may learn from feeling like this if there is a space created to allow thinking about this to emerge.