26-Nov-12 12:00 PM  CST

Coping With Holiday Anxiety and Depression

The holidays can be stressful for many people.  Holidays often are a source of anxiety and depression for some, but there are ways to cope with the emotions of the seasons.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) have some expert tips to help individuals deal with the pressures of the holidays whether the stress exists at work or on a personal level.  Here’s a look at some of their best tips: 

  • Over scheduling.  Over scheduling can cause stress and leave anyone frazzled.  It is important to realize that you do not have to accept every holiday invitation.  Knowing how much you can handle is imperative to managing a healthy schedule. 
  • Pressure.  Taking the pressure off of yourself can mean not setting expectations so high.  Setting your expectations too high can lead to disappointment and more stress. 
  • Self-consciousness.  Many people who are anxious may feel like all of the attention is on them, but in actuality people are usually focusing on what you think of them.  Paying them a nice compliment can be healthy for both you and the person you are talking to.  They will remember you with kindness. 
  • Saying no.  Over committing to extra time at work or in your personal life can be overwhelming.  It’s ok to say no in some circumstances.  Use your best judgment and things will likely turn out ok. 

The holidays are full of fun.  Knowing how to manage the most wonderful time of the year can lead to more happiness and less stress for everyone this season. 

1.  “Managing Holiday Anxieties.”  ADAA.  Web.  22 Nov 2012.

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