(07) 3394 4644
Darin Professional Centre
Suite 1, 631 Logan Road,
Greenslopes, QLD 4120

Managing Festive Season Anxiety

Jean Hailes - Strategies for managing festive season anxiety

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration, togetherness and joy but for many, the holidays can bring added stress, anxiety and sadness. Money, social situations, family tension, isolation, grief and conflict are all issues that can easily come to the forefront during this time so it is helpful to have some strategies in place to manage these added pressures.

Family tensions

Spending large amounts of time with family can often be cause for increased anxiety levels. And while it can be difficult to predict how your family are going to interact, you can put some strategies in place to prepare you for the possibility of family tensions.

Be prepared

If you are going to an event (or hosting an event) where you know the possibilities for tension between family members or guests is high, be prepared. Try to think about all the possible scenarios where difficulties could arise and prepare your response. It can also be helpful to enlist a supportive family member or friend who you can talk to if difficulties arise.

There are some things to remember when you approach social events that can help to combat stress and anxiety:

Difficult conversations

The end of the year – and the beginning of a new one – is often a time where difficult conversations arise. If you find yourself in a difficult conversation or wanting to start one yourself, it is helpful to remember the following:

Going it alone

There are many people for whom the holidays bring feelings of loneliness, isolation or grief.

Being alone during the festive season can be difficult, especially when it seems that everyone else is enjoying time with family and friends. There are, however, some strategies that can help to combat loneliness throughout the holidays and help you to feel more connected:

Inevitably, this time of year brings its own stresses and strains. Putting strategies in place and being mindful about how you are feeling are the first steps to managing anxiety and enjoying the celebrations. Put your health first and remember to be kind to yourself.

Published with the permission of Jean Hailes for Women's Health
1800 JEAN HAILES (532 642)

subscribe to our
email updates