I've just replied to Ob, so glad you saw it to reply quickly - knowing you're not alone is really important i reckon.
Teamn has hit the nail on the head - it is just one night. And my least favourite night of the year! When i have managed to get myself to some sort of big gathering, I never actually have that good a time
I've always had a bit of an extra dread about it - the pressure to have a good night. But actually its too much - always expensive, busy, hassle getting home, people being annoying.
I like to start a new year with a fresh head and no hangover - alcohol makes things worse as it is a depressant. So i think your plan is a good one. On new years day i like to go to the park and say hello to the local ducks and if i feel sad thats ok.
It can get you down being on your own on NYE, but there is no shame in it, and you are not the only one. My tips - stay off any social media and settle down with your favourite film or boxset.
If you need to talk to anyone, there are various helplines in the UK
Samaritans 116 123
CALM (campaign against living miserably
) 5pm-midnight, helpline for men 0800 58 58 58
Mind 0300 123 3393
After years of staying in, I am actually going out to dinner with my brother and parents - hopefully an enjoyable rather than stressful evening - but I will be in bed by 11pm if i get my way.
I'm sure there will be people on the forum too tonight.