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Katharina  Star, Ph.D.

Managing Holiday Stress and Anxiety

By November 21, 2012

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Well, its that time of year again! The holidays can be an exciting time that is often filled with social gatherings, gift giving, religious events, and more. Even though there are a lot of fun activities that typically take place around the holidays, many people also experience heightened stress and anxiety.

This time of year can be especially hard on those who are living with panic disorder. However, fears, nervousness, loneliness, and stress do not have to spoil your holiday season.

Do you want to learn more about dealing anxiety this holiday season? Start here with this overview on Managing Holiday Stress.

Here are some articles that offer ways to help you cope with common holiday stressors:

Manage Your Stress: As stress levels rise, so may your feelings of panic and anxiety symptoms. Learn some simple and effective ways to manage stress and anxiety.

Coping with Family, Friends, and Feelings of Loneliness: Anticipation of social gatherings can lead to fears and feelings of nervousness. For example, family may have questions about your condition or perhaps some loved ones want to give you advice. Learn to navigate through difficult situations with family and friends regarding your condition:

Even though the holidays are often a time for get-togethers, many people are faced with feelings of loneliness. Additionally, agoraphobia can make it too difficult to attend social gatherings. Learn more about dealing with agoraphobia and how to manage feelings of loneliness:

Look Ahead: If you are feeling overwhelmed by holiday stress, it may be helpful to look past the holidays and start planning for your future. Are there any goals that you hope to start on before the end of the year? What about goals surrounding your condition, such as learning new relaxation techniques or attending therapy. Goal-setting can keep you motivated and inspired despite any holiday stress.

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