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How to Deal With Anxiety at Christmas

Christmas can be an overwhelming time for many people and the build up to it can lead to increased feelings of anxiety. From the financial implications of buying everyone presents to new party outfits for all the social gatherings that come with it, it can be a stressful time. Not only that, but some people don’t have family or friends to spend the festive period with.

If you find this time of year difficult to cope with, here are some tips you can follow which will hopefully relieve some of the stress that this time of year can bring.

Make time for yourself

When it comes to Christmas, we put a lot of energy into the thoughts and feelings of other people, often neglecting our own needs. It’s important to take some time for yourself, whether it’s to listen to some music, read a book or watch a film. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you relax and be kind to yourself.

Remember to relax

Trying to relax at this time of year when there’s so much going on can be hard, but there are remedies you can take which can help. Health supplements such as CBD oils have many therapeutic benefits which can ease anxiety, although these claims are not backed by science. Greyhound Chromatography has created an eBook that explains more about CBD oil to help you understand what it is and how it works.

Try to stay active

Over Christmas it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with so many delicious foods and treats on offer. It’s best to keep as active as possible during this time and even though it’s dark and cold for longer periods of the day, try to get out and about on a walk or run. A lot of gyms offer 24 hours access which means you don’t have to skip the exercise.

Practice mindfulness

If the festivities start to feel overwhelming, take yourself out of the situation by finding somewhere quiet to practice at least 10 minutes of mindfulness. This will help you feel calm and relaxed and deter any feelings of stress and anxiety. There are apps you can download such as Headspace or Calm that allows you to practice mindfulness sessions.

If you do start to experience anxiety or stress around Christmas, try to follow these tips but remember that there are professional services available with people you can talk to.