Anxiety during the holidays

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It has been found that during the month of December and January, people with anxiety have a considerable increase in it’s symptoms, among other reasons, because of the low temperatures, little sunlight and concern for the parties, either by having to attend to them or organize them.

Apparently this direct relationship between high levels of anxiety and  holidays, is due to the fact that many, rather than getting excited to share with others and receive invitations to parties and dinners, get filled with anxiety, stress and frustration especially those with social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or panic.

During the holidays, some anxiety sufferers begin to avoid social interactions and reject invitations, which makes them more likely to become depressed. On the other hand, others make an exaggerated effort to evade their feelings and have a perfect Christmas, spending lots of money and attending all the activities available. This is not a positive approach, because the person attempts to distract from the problem without providing a successful solution to it.

It is recommended, to control episodes of anxiety at this time of the year, to get active and make some exercise. This relates to the change of season, because due to cold, many tend to stay home and stay too inactive, which leads to feeling depressed and anxious.  Breathing exercises or meditation, are some good practices, especially considering that it is a time of leisure, which presents an ideal opportunity to address any of these techniques are highly beneficial.  Also, as another natural measure, it is often suggested to drink natural herbal teas such as valerian root tea.

If anxiety is very powerful, it is advisable to seek the advice of a doctor who will decide the appropriate treatment, either therapy or a combination of therapy and medication, to balance the patient. Do not forget that anxiety is treatable and can be overcome, but does not disappear by itself, the success of any treatment depends largely on the willingness of sufferers to feel better.

The end of the year is the perfect time to meditate and give thanks for the good things that happened during the previous year. It is important to receive the holidays with proper attitude, which includes accepting that anxiety symptoms may be inevitable, but working to receive them in a different way, trying not to add more fear to fear.

Happy Holidays!

-Anna J-

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