Coping with anxiety at Christmas

Do you have trouble coping with anxiety at Christmas? You aren’t alone. December can be a difficult month for some people. Some of us are worried about attending Christmas functions in public or queuing for shopping. For some of us this time of year can be a dark and lonely time, leaving many of us feeling isolated and depressed.

Here are some things you can do so you can try and beat anxiety:

Notepad and pencil

Make a list

Do you have too many people to buy gifts for? What about the food and drink ahh ahh! If this sounds like you need to sit, down, put the kettle on, grab a pen and a notepad or some paper and make a list of what you need and your budget. Ask family or friends to help out if you are feeling anxious and delegate tasks. You can buy most of what you need and make another list of the fresh stuff that you need to buy before Christmas.

Try to stick to your budget!

Christmas can leave some people in debt. Many people like to splash out and treat their family and friends to nice things. However, nice things don’t have to be expensive. I struggle with this myself and tend to overspend, however, try and remember that Christmas isn’t just about gifts. Make sure you calculate your budget, and if you know you are going to find this difficult ask a family, friend or carer to help you.

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Shop online

I hate Christmas shopping because everywhere is packed and my anxiety is so high that I feel like I can’t breathe when in busy places. I also hate queuing up because I don’t have the patience for it.

It’s December 10th, and I still don’t have any presents, apart from the ones that I owe my mum money for, for the children. I’m going to shop online, and you can even have your food and drinks delivered online so I can avoid busy shops, queuing and traffic and I can still get what I want.

If you really need to go into the shops, get up early and go before work or on your day off as soon as they open or go later in the evening.

Lots of shops have online sales at the moment so you might be able to pick up some bargains.

Exercise

I really should take my own advice when it comes to exercise. I enjoy exercise, however, since I ended up with bulging discs, this has been minimal. Take daily walks, even 10 or 15 minutes of fresh air will help you clear your mind and gather your thoughts. Walking is healthy, especially if you know that you are going to consume more calories this month.

Headspace app

Meditate

Lots of therapists have recommended meditation. It’s not for everyone, but try using a free mobile phone app and see if this relaxation technique floats your boat. Headspace is a popular app, you download 10 sessions, 10 minutes a day for free from your mobile, laptop or tablet. There is also a paid session if you decide that you like this app. 

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid large amounts of alcohol as this can make you feel depressed. If you have a Christmas drink or two, make sure that you drink water in between, so you don’t get dehydrated and never mix your drinks, especially if you take medication.

Do you have any Christmas anxiety tips? Comment below or send a tweet @AdminChick.

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