Managing the dreaded Christmas anxiety - Subtly Anxious

Managing the dreaded Christmas anxiety

As festive lights twinkle and Christmas music fill the shopping centres, the holiday season often arrives with an unwelcome guest: anxiety. Christmas, while merry and bright, can also be a time of heightened stress with the pressures of social engagements, financial concerns, and the of the perfect holiday experience. At Subtly Anxious, we understand and acknowledge the mixed emotions that come with the season. Let's empower ourselves and embrace our thoughts to tackle Christmas anxiety.

Understanding Christmas Anxiety

Christmas anxiety can manifest in various forms, from a nagging worry about holiday preparations to overwhelming stress about family dynamics. You might find yourself consumed by thoughts of gifting the perfect present or anxious about the social interactions at upcoming gatherings. Recognize that these are normal responses to heightened expectations and you are not alone in feeling this way.


Steps to Manage Christmas Anxiety

Set Realistic Expectations

Remember that the 'perfect' Christmas is a myth. Be kind to yourself by setting achievable goals and letting go of the need for perfection in every detail.


Create a Budget and use apps like cash rewards and ShopBack

Finances can be a significant source of stress. Empower yourself by creating a holiday budget that fits your financial situation to avoid post-holiday money worries.


Schedule Downtime

The holiday rush can be exhausting. Schedule time for yourself to relax and recharge, whether it's reading a book or having a quiet cup of tea.


Delegate Responsibilities

You don't have to do everything alone. Share the tasks of holiday preparations with family or friends to lessen your load.


Practice Mindfulness

When anxiety hits, try grounding techniques like deep breathing or meditation to stay present and reduce stress.


Limit Social Obligations

It's okay to say no. Choose the events that are meaningful to you and politely decline others to manage your social energy.


Seek Support

Reach out to friends, family, or mental health professionals if feelings of anxiety become overwhelming. Sharing your concerns can help lighten your emotional load.


Embrace Imperfection

Sometimes, things won't go as planned, and that's perfectly fine. Embrace the quirks and mishaps; often, they make for the best memories.


Stay Active

Regular exercise can help manage anxiety. A brisk walk or a dance session to your favorite Christmas songs can boost your mood.


Find Joy in Giving

Shift the focus from receiving to giving. Acts of kindness, whether big or small, can provide a sense of fulfillment and joy.


Remember, it's essential to acknowledge and accept your feelings, whatever they may be. Managing Christmas anxiety is about making the season enjoyable for you. Embrace your thoughts, empower yourself with these strategies, and make space for peace and joy this Christmas.


Wishing you a serene and splendid holiday season,

Our family at Subtly Anxious. 

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