The holiday season can be a tough time for those of us who have anxiety aka holiday anxiety. Even though commercials, movies, and the media make it out to seem as though this time of year is a happy time, meant to be spent with loved ones, sometimes feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety come up. You don’t have to force happiness during this time of the year. Obligations, family parties, and gift giving can take their own toll on you, and that’s okay!
Anxiety comes when you least expect it sometimes. It’s a tricky thing—especially holiday anxiety. Read on to learn how to deal with your feelings when that holiday-related anxiety comes up.
Validate Your Own Feelings
When you or your daughter are feeling anxious during a holiday party or event, it’s tough to get support from someone in the moment. That’s why I suggest you take a moment to talk to yourself. Remind yourself that your feelings are valid and that dealing with anxiety is a part of life. Maybe head to a private space to take a deep breath if you feel an attack coming on. Check out these self-care practices!
Take the Pressure Off
You don’t have to do everything. I know that at times, it feels like the world is on your shoulders, but that’s not the case. You can say ‘no’ to event invites. You’re allowed to mess up here and there. Know that not everything is going to go according to plan and that’s A-Okay. You’re not perfect, so try not to set high expectations for yourself.
Alcohol and Anxiety Don’t Mix
A drink here, and there may seem like a no-brainer, especially for those with social anxiety to help take the edge off. The truth is alcohol consumption and drug use can actually make anxiety symptoms worse. Those with anxiety are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. If you feel like you need to drink, stick to one glass. Rather than drinking, use techniques to help reduce your anxiety.
Even though your anxiety can get the best of you, I still want you to relax and enjoy the season. Because so many of us have time off, it’s a good time to relax and focus on YOU.