The holiday season can be a wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a source of stress and anxiety for many people. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. According to a Healthline survey, most of us experience stress during the holidays, with common stressors including overspending, difficult family members, lack of time, commercialism, and travel woes.
The first step in managing holiday anxiety is to acknowledge that it’s present and affecting your life. Talk to someone you trust about what you’re feeling. It’s important to recognize that you don’t have to manage on your own.
To help manage your anxiety, identify what parts of the holiday are causing stress. Is it making phone calls to book travel arrangements? Can someone else help you with this? Are you worried about what food will be available? Do some research ahead of time to prepare yourself.
Stick to your routine as much as possible during the holidays. Making time for things you enjoy, like exercise, can help regulate your mood and reduce anxiety. Also, try to limit your alcohol and caffeine intake and allow yourself time to relax.
If you’re struggling with anxiety or low mood frequently, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. Journey Telepsychiatry is here to help you live your best life this holiday season. They can direct you towards the right treatment, whether it’s talk therapy or medication. Additionally, practicing mindfulness, being aware of your surroundings and focused on the present moment, can help you stay in the moment and improve your mental well-being.
Remember to focus on enjoying the holiday for what it is and not what you expect it to be. Acknowledge that the holiday will be a unique experience and try not to set impossible expectations for yourself. By taking care of yourself and seeking support when you need it, you can manage your holiday anxiety and enjoy the season.