This article goes out to all the NYE Grinches! How are you guys doing tonight? Yeah? I’m tired, too! The holidays are rough. Do you greet the new year with a sigh of relief and disappointment each time the clock strikes? NYE can be an anxious time. There’s pressure by you or imposed by others, for it to be magical. This can induce anxiety for many. So maybe take this year, off? Start your new year, as a well rested snowflake.
“When Harry Met Sally” set unreasonable standards for adulthood, NYE, love and New York. The biggest disappointment is not having an apartment like Harry or hair like Sally. Much like the two protagonists, NYE anxiety can be a struggle. Clinical Director at Mind Movers Psychology Jamie Bloch has a hypothesis.
“The symbolism of NYE may increase levels of worry and anxiety for some, due to the pressure and anticipation of potential behavior change related goals.”Jamie Bloch
These changes include dietary, career, hobby, and lifestyle. Knowing that you are to take on a difficult change. Ergo, anything that disturbs the status quo.
If New Year’s Eve were a person, they’d definitely have performance anxiety. The hype is always very intense, we wait 365 days (with the exception of the leap year) for the Gregorian calendar to begin anew. It makes sense, but it also makes very little sense. A new beginning is exciting. It’s a chance for self-improvement. It’s a social rythm. We’re all insane. We do the same things year after year – expecting different outcomes. Been on a diet since 1998? Join the club. If mister Einstein had a say, he’d declare us all insane. He mastered the diet thing. Skinny man. I bet your hair is nicer though.
NYE can exaggerate feelings such as sadness, social isolation, loneliness, anger, and grief. And that New Years day hangover just makes it worse. It’s the poster child of not worth it. You feel like the human embodiment of a one star yelp review.
Let’s challenge our New Year’s Eve presumptions, and try something different this year. But what are the alternatives to a new year’s eve party, you ask. Or maybe you don’t ask, and that’s why you’re here. You already know what list to expect, and expected this section to wrap up a few paragraphs ago. But the Einstein diet thing made it worth it, right?
1. TAKE A ROADTRIP
As opposed to a new year’s eve party hit up a remote location. Maybe somewhere in the mountains? Take a roadtrip with your friends and or loved ones.
2. GO TO AN OVERNIGHT SPA
Hit up an overnight spa! Check out Groupon or good ol’ Google for a fabulous spa location. Get a massage, facial, swim or sauna session. Take some time to relax before a new year begins.
3. GO TO A COMEDY CLUB
Go to a comedy club instead of a new year’s eve party! You’ll get a good laugh and you can catch a few drinks before getting a good nights sleep. Of you’re in Toronto, hit up Absolute Comedy for a great laugh.
4. SPLURGE ON A CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE
Splurge on a cinematic experience as opposed to going to a new year’s eve party. Relax into really large chairs, dive into a bucket of popcorn, maybe bring a big bottle of wine? You do you.
5. STAY AT HOME, BUT AIR BNB IT
You don’t have to travel very far for a little vacation. Do a stay-cation and book an Air BnB place for the weekend, or just for a night. It’s a less expensive version of a hotel room.
6. GO TO A FANCY THEATRE
Go see a play, the opera or the ballet. Enjoy a day full of culture! There’s champagne between sets, so the second part might change your mind.
7. POTLUCK DINNER
Get a bunch of friends to get together, bring different dishes and drinks and party it up at home. You don’t need to go to a new year’s eve party to have a party on it’s own.
8. HOST A COOKING CLASS
Teach your friends a parade dish – or a dish you’ve never tried before. You don’t need to be good at cooking to try this one out. It might be more entertaining if you can’t cook.
9. STAY IN WITH A FRIEND FOR CHAMPAGNE
Who needs to go to a new year’s eve party when you can have champagne alone with a friend? Watch a good show, play a board-game, have a good meal or gossip over champagne.
10. MURDER MYSTERY PARTY
Go to, or create a muder mystery party! It takes a great deal of time and effort, but it is sure to be more fun than a new year’s eve party.
Go to a Broadway show! End the year with a big bang by dressing up to watch an immaculate Broadway play whilst sipping on Champagne.