Managing Your Holiday Anxiety and Stress

December 22, 2021 | Mental Health

Tis’ the season of giving and with that, comes stress and anxiety of the expectation to make it the most wonderful time of the year. Gift-giving, party planning, and family socializing can be overwhelming. Read on for our tips to navigate holiday anxiety to enjoy this time with family and friends.   

Common triggers of anxiety.  

Anxiety around the holidays can stem from a variety of different things including overspending on gifts, tensions in group gatherings, exhaustion from holiday-related errands, expectations, and many more.

Signs of holiday stress and anxiety.

Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Persistent, excessive worrying, shaking, a fast heartbeat, sweating, heavy breathing and social withdrawal are all among the signs of anxiety. Talk to your family doctor if your anxiety becomes something more than you can manage.

Minimize your holiday anxiety.

There are many things you can do to help reduce anxiety. By incorporating some of the following into your daily routine, it can help ease your mind.

  • Exercise
  • Get enough rest
  • Make time for family and friends
  • When at large gatherings, eliminate social pressure by asking others to share about themselves
  • Be flexible with your schedule and keep in mind things may not go exactly to plan
  • Be realistic with holiday goals
  • Speak positive affirmations to yourself, you’re doing great

Give yourself some grace.

We can be our own worse critics. It [insert what stresses you most – gifts, decorating, hosting] doesn’t have to be perfect. The people you are with want to spend time with you and while they may look like they have it all together on social media and on their Christmas cards, we all know the truth. There is a little (or a lot) of chaos in everyone’s life, it’s just not on display for the world to see. So take a deep breath, you’ve got this, even if you overcooked the turkey – there’s always gravy!