Holidays are such a beautiful time of the year. For some. For others, the holiday season is a stressful time of the year loaded with anxiety. If you are among these “others”, here are 4 ways you can help yourself to overcome holiday anxiety.
1. What’s making you anxious?
Brainstorm ahead of time-specific situations or scenarios that bring about the most anxiety during the holidays. Finances? Pressures for perfect get-together’s? Underlying tensions with certain family members? Come up with 2 ideas on how you can alleviate some of the worries ahead of time – knowing ahead of time some solutions to your problems will ease some of your anxieties.
2. Perfect at pleasing?
It’s not always necessary to make the holidays ‘perfect.’ Try letting go and remembering why the holidays are important – not necessarily for the presents and the presentation, but more for the company of those important in our lives.
3. Ask for help!
This is the season for all to enjoy. It’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t mean you are weak; it means you are responsible for your well-being. In fact, did you know that research shows that the possibility of other people liking you more increases when you ask them for help? It’s true! By delegating some of the responsibilities others will feel like they’re a part of the process, and when there’s teamwork involved, the team members feel needed and important.
4. Be happy
As simple as it sounds – live for the present. Be happy with what you have, and what’s around you. Step back, look around you, and smile. Enjoy yourself! Sharing your smile will light up the room and give others a sense of positivity.