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In an ideal world, holidays would mean joy. They would mean eating good food, catching up with friends and relatives, going out, dressing up, enjoying days on end and feeling refreshed and joyful. In reality, none of that really transpires, especially since it is the very part about meeting your old friends or relatives that gives you anxiety in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, catching up with family members and making social appearances can be fun, but for a lot of people out there, it is a complete nightmare thanks to the over-intrusive relatives and personal digs that they usually make.
Tips To Deal With Holiday Anxiety
Which is why it could be a good idea to go in prepared to avoid the unsolicited and unnecessary holiday stress. Here are 5 tips to overcome anxiety around the time of holidays.
1) Etch Out Your Plan
If you are someone who gets ticked off too quickly in the presence of relatives, it is best to make a plan for how you want your holidays to go. Set a timeline and decide the number of days you’re comfortable to spend with your family so as to avoid feeling unwelcome or bothered. This can also mean deciding upon and communicating personal boundaries so you don’t feel anxious.
2) Take A Friend Along
It is true, friends make everything easier. Even the most dreaded holiday gatherings, by simply being there and having your back. Consider taking a plus one along on social events or parties where you think they can help in keeping you calm. If anything, they can offer comfort in an otherwise stressful or awkward setting.
3) Avoid Social Media
An otherwise important part of our lives, social media might be addictive and fun even, but whether or not we acknowledge it is a source of a lot of anxiety and deprssion. Sometimes because we feel bad about comparing ourself with those picture-perfect lives of others, and other times because putting details of our lives on a public forum puts us at risk of scrutiny. Such insecurities only heighten during holidays when there is extra pressure to appear collected and successful. Which is why, maintaining a little distance from social media could be a good idea to lower than stress.
4) Let Go Of The Idea Of ‘Perfection’
It is okay for things to go wrong every once in a while, and eventhough it may present a minor setback, things not panning out the way you imagined doesn’t always have to be bad. It is okay to not be at your best self, to falter, to fail even. Don’t beat yourself up over having it together and perfect , sometimes things go a lot more smoothly when you’re not trying to control them.