3 Ways to Keep Anxiety from Ruining Your Holidays

The other day I saw a meme on Facebook that said, “It’s time for me to put up my regular anxiety and put on my fancy Christmas anxiety”. I kind of laughed, but only because it’s so true.

Are you stressed up to your eyeballs right now? This time of year, we see so many folks come in who are completely stressed and aren’t sure what to do about it. They’re trying to get to all the places, to do all the things, to make all the people happy. And yet, they’re miserable. Parents are rushing around trying to get all the junk their kids asked for this Christmas. You’re trying to frantically clean the house so when your in-laws show up they’re not judging the crap all over the floor. Or, you’re considering moving to a far-off island so you don’t have to listen to your mother while you’re stuck at her house for nine hours straight on Christmas Day.

Sound familiar?

The problem is, you’re only wearing yourself out. However, you don’t have to spend this Christmas season completely exhausted. And there is an opportunity to find freedom. Use these tips to make anxiety stop ruining your holidays:

1. Take the pressure off yourself

If you set high expectations for yourself and everyone around you, you’re going to be let down nearly every time. Planning for the holidays is important, but so is being aware that some things won’t go exactly to plan.

2. Most people aren’t paying much attention to you

A lot of times during the holidays, we feel like we have to “play the part”, looking like the perfect host, child, grandchild, in-law, etc. However, most people aren’t staring you down waiting for you to mess up. They’re probably worried about the same things themselves. Give yourself the grace to not be perfect. And that’s okay.

3. Choose to say no

You don’t have to say yes to everything. And there’s a lot of freedom in saying no. If your family gets upset with you over your no, chances are it’s time to put up boundaries with them.

Although some report that the holidays lift their spirits, many people say that the holiday season makes them feel a lot more anxious. Don’t add yourself to those statistics.

Dr. Zakk Gammon is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and the Director of Revive Christian Counseling.

He works with people who a struggling with anxiety and are ready to find practical ways to get break free.

To schedule an appointment, call Zakk at 270.926.6957, email him at zakk@revivecounseling.org, or skip the conversation and click here to schedule an appointment.

It’s time to get your life back.