The holiday season can be a time of joyful celebrations, thoughtful gifts, and family traditions. Homes are filled with beautiful holiday decorations, the delicious aromas of favorite baked goods, and cheerful songs. But the holiday season can also mean long travel delays, crowded stores, financial worries, family disputes, and over scheduling. What is meant to be a festive, peaceful time often becomes hurried, stressful, and unenjoyable. That negative experience may be heightened for people with anxiety. Take some time now to prepare and think about ways to prevent or lessen holiday anxiety.
Taking good care of your body is especially important during more stressful times. Here are a few reminders:
Practicing mindfulness is a good idea year round, but can be especially helpful during the holiday season. You’ll be better able to recognize when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Ways to practice mindfulness include:
Find ways to prevent or lessen levels of holiday stress so that you are able to enjoy this festive season with family and friends.