Stress. Anxiety. Spending time with family. Cooking. Cleaning. All these things are a big part of our holiday season. What happens when you can no longer handle the anxious feelings that start to creep up out of nowhere? Believe it or not, there are ways to make sure you're prepared to handle them.
Below, you'll find several tips that will help you zap anxiety before it starts! For the best outpatient drug and alcohol rehab in Asheville NC, call Legacy!
Avoid Substance Abuse - Even if you have a drink or two at holiday functions, the alcohol will cause your anxiety to become worse than it was before. Same with drugs. It's better to avoid them at all costs, even if you think just a little won't hurt.
Watch a Holiday Movie - Sometimes, spending a couple hours watching a non-reality movie about the perfect Christmas or Thanksgiving day is enough to warm your heart and melt away the stress!
Shut Down Expectations - While the movies make perfect holiday time look easy, it's not reality. Christmas and Thanksgiving can be difficult. Don't have expectations that everything will be perfect. Know that there will be issues and roll with it!
Rest More Often - When the holiday anxiety is too much, take time out to rest. You need more sleep when your body gets tense from stress and anxiety. Be sure to take a nap - or two - during this time! You'll thank yourself later!
Volunteer or Donate - We all know how hard it is to think about others doing without during the holidays. To take time for yourself and to de-stress, volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate blankets to a shelter or canned food to a food drive. This simple act of kindness goes a long way in zapping anxiety naturally. As a side bonus, you'll be helping those less fortunate.
Eat Healthy - This is something no one likes to think about during all the holiday yummy-ness, but eating as healthy as possible can actually help relieve stress and anxiety. Instead of eating two helpings of mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese, eat a bigger portion of salad. Also skip the second round of dessert, as well. You might feel deprived until you realize that your stress level is lower because of it!
Be Patient - Keep your anger level to a minimum and practice being patient. Dealing with family can be tough during the holidays. Don't let them get you down. Just take a breather and keep going. Patience is the key to lowering anxiety this holiday season!
What do you like to do to relieve stress and anxiety during the holidays? Share your thoughts and ideas with us!
For those that missed our previous blog post, visit back with it, as well. We have more tips that will help you handle holiday anxiety without feeling like you might be loosing your mind!
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