This is a humorous and sarcastic blog written by a paralegal in a mid-sized law firm in a mid-tier market. The goal is to share some of the pitfalls and foibles encountered in my own day-to-day experiences. Feel free to contact me at aparalegalslife@gmail.com with comments. Complaints, not so much :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holidays, and the havoc they wreak

Longtime readers are familiar with my ongoing struggle with Alcoholism.  The holiday season, from mid-November through early January, is one of the most difficult for me to get through.

Not only do we have to put up with the usual day-to-day stress in our professional and personal lives, but all the added issues that the various end-of-year holidays bring up. 

There's the constant temptations of holiday parties, many with open bars.  I'm up to 5 already in the next few weeks, between firm events I have to attend, important clients we need to keep happy, and critical vendors we must maintain good relations with. 

Then there's the kicker:  Seasonal Affective Disorder, which I've suffered from during the holiday season ever since childhood, and stampedes through one side of the family.  It kicks in the first time I hear one of those ubiquitous holiday songs, and lasts until sometime in early January.  Antidepressants take the edge off sometimes, but not entirely. 

Take a warning from one who knows (me):  Be careful this time of year.  Our occupation has a high rate of people with alcohol/substance abuse problems, and they really do sneak up on you. 


Anonymous said...

good luck and godspeed.

Lynne DeVenny said...

Hang in there, Grumpy. You can do it.

Anonymous said...

One day at a time.

Teresa Rinen Telles said...

Just keep breathing!