Prioritize Yourself Before Worrying About Who You're Kissing Under The Mistletoe
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Prioritize Yourself Before Worrying About Who You're Kissing Under The Mistletoe

The holiday season can be a stressful and lonely time of year for anyone but you have to think of yourself first.

Prioritize Yourself Before Worrying About Who You're Kissing Under The Mistletoe

This is a crazy time of year for anyone and everyone. The curtains have been closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday and now Christmas is taking the stage for its iconic finale performance. As we go through every single day directly, or indirectly listening to Christmas songs and watching the cliche' romantic Hallmark and Netflix movies, the spirit of the holidays starts to course through our veins.

Though we distract ourselves with singing and endless movie bingeing, this is a difficult time for any student. Aside from finals pushing us to the brink of insanity and having to play the role of Santa for our friends and family, we have this almost insatiable need to be in a relationship during this time of year.

Recently, I wrote an article about Cuffing Season and how your worth is not defined based on whether or not you're "lucky" enough to be cuffed during the fall and winter seasons. However, since Thanksgiving has passed us by and all of the Christmas songs are being sung and movies are on our screens, we find ourselves wanting to spend the holidays with someone. We want someone to kiss under the mistletoe while wearing equally repulsive Christmas sweaters, only to turn around and ring in the New Year with another kiss at the stroke of midnight.

Under the circumstances, I felt that it was necessary to revisit the topic for the holiday season just in case it slipped our minds -- mine included. Your worth is NOT defined by your relationship status.

It's okay to go through the holidays with no one to kiss good night or to take home. If you happen to have one of those families that has the audacity to question your relationship status during the holidays, my advice is to have some rehearsed comebacks just in case. It might be petty and impolite to remind your Aunt Karen of her countless divorces, but it's okay to fight fire with fire when you're holding out for one of the good guys/gals.

It's okay to be selfish and put yourself first. If you aren't capable of maintaining the healthy and loving relationship that you deserve, whether it be because of work, school, or just wanting to focus on your mental health and self love, that's more than okay. You don't need another person to justify you. You don't need to justify your choice in relationship status to your family.

It's that simple.

So when you see pictures of your friends with their s/o under the mistletoe or at the New Year's celebration, don't fret. You are your priority. Your happiness is your priority. I know you may want what they have right now but in order to achieve that, you need to be selfish for a little bit -- even if it is the holiday season.

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