Handling Holiday anxiety - 7 tips
From street decorations, to presents under the tree, to spectacular festive meals, the pleasure we experience at Christmas is often due to the hard work of others who are the ‘event planners’ of the holiday season.
The creation of a fabulous Christmas event
can be enormously stressful. And if you are already experiencing anxiety
problems, this stress can turn the joy of the season into a nightmare. So, how
can we still have a Christmas celebration without sending stress levels into the
Here are my 7 essential tips for reducing
Remember this a typically first
- It can help to remember that
it’s possible to have a wonderful time with very little other than the goodwill
of those around you.
Get started early
- If you can spread out all your
tasks over a longer period you will significantly reduce stress levels.
- Cook what you can ahead of time
- Start buying presents as early
as possible – don’t scoff at Aunty Alice who has all her Christmas shopping
done by August!
- One list probably won’t be
- Make one big picture list and
break it up into more specific lists e.g.
presents, communications (cards/emails/facebook posts), food shopping,
other shopping etc.
Think ‘baby steps’
- Once you have your lists sorted
out, take it all one step at a time and cross items off bit by bit
- You’ve worked out what you have
to do and as long as you keep moving forward, one little step at a time, you
will get there in the end
- Don’t tire yourself out by trying
to get too much done in one go.
- Many anxious people are
perfectionists and, dare I say it, control freaks, but you don’t have to do
everything on your own
- This is a great family time of
year and getting others to join in with the preparations actually helps bring
- Things don’t have to be perfect
to be enjoyable.
Make a plan and then cut it
- Think of your ideal celebration
and then cut it back by 50% - less guests, less food, less presents, less
- More relaxation and laid back
time can make everyone feel more at ease.
Take extra time out
- Be gentle with yourself, know
this may be a stressful time and plan extra spaces for relaxation, early
nights, extra health supplements, and doing all those things that help make you feel
- If you find yourself rushing, breathe out and slow down!