The holidays can bring a mixture of emotions. It’s a time of fun and giving and celebration of the New Year.
In between comes work. For some people, it’s the hardest time of the year. That week of work between Christmas and New Year’s can be an annoying time for some, but a time of reflection for others.
Let’s face it, no matter how much you love your job, it is a letdown on this particular day. You’ve just finished Christmas with family, gifts, food, fellowship, and next week comes New Year’s. And in between…there’s work.
Dr. Carmen Petzold is a psychologist from Houston, and in her practice, she has seen the whole range of emotions during the holidays.
“For all of those people who didn't have the career nice Christmas,” she says, “it's wonderful to not have that staring you in the face. That the contrast between what you want and what you really had is over. And the pressure is over.”
But this week of all weeks, who wants to be stuck at work?
"For a lot of people it's a chance to get back to a more normal life, with a lot less pressure,” she told us. “I know a lot of people who use this week to catch on a lot of things that were in their inbox. And people are still a lot more cordial, so it can actually be a really nice week to work."
And remember it could be worse. You could have to come to work on Monday to do a story on TV about coming to work on a Monday.