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Why the Holidays Can Be Anxiety Provoking

The holidays can be a time of enjoyment, fun, and family. But, don’t get me wrong. I know this time of year can be as anxiety provoking as it is fun. Why is that? There are so many reasons why the holiday season can be really difficult—especially for your daughter or loved one. Scroll on to learn more.

Forced Happiness

Every commercial, Internet article, and made-for-TV movie have one thing in common, and that’s that “magic” happens during the holidays. That may not be true for a lot of us out there. When feeling false or fake, our anxiety can get worse. This season seems to heighten the idea that you have to be in a good mood at all times. Trust me; it’s okay to feel anxious or unhappy. You don’t have to fit into any box during this time of the year.

Being Told to Relax

When you’re around people who don’t understand your anxieties, being told to “just relax” or that you’re “just stressed” can be frustrating. No one likes their feelings to be negated. You’re not “just stressed” you’re anxious and there’s a lot of fear and worry that comes with that. You can’t overcome your anxiety in one night, but there are ways to treat the symptoms or tips to make the holidays seem less stressful.

Social Anxiety

I used to get hit with social anxiety hard. Anyone else? The holiday season is all about socializing so you have a party here, a gathering there and it’s hard for you. You can even start to feel worried in anticipation for an event. Not everyone knows this but the holidays can be a lot for a person with social anxiety.

Money Issues

Buying gifts, dresses for parties, and traveling away from home can be tough for so many of us but it’s especially tough on our bank accounts. If you grew up in a household where money was tight, the holidays were full of worry and stress. This anxiety from your childhood could transfer over into your adult years, and instead of feeling excited for the holidays, you feel guilty for all the money you’re about to spend during the season.

The holidays can be a difficult, anxiety provoking time for anyone. If you need help and you’re not sure where to start, seek a licensed clinician like myself to help your mental health during the season.

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