For sufferers of Anxiety, the parade of Christmas parties and events can leave you feeling drained and stressed instead of excited for the festivities. Here’s our quick tips to help you cope.
- Remember to take time for self-care. Rather than comforting yourself with mulled wine and mince pies, remember to drink responsibly and mix healthy food in with the treats. Keeping active helps too. Walk, run, or head to the gym.
- Don’t be guilted into things that are too much. If you need a quiet evening alone rather than heading to the crowds of a Christmas market, do it and don’t feel guilty. It’s important to look after yourself, and not be sucked into the hype.
- Practice mindfulness. Many sufferers find meditation or mindfulness apps very helpful, or just take a few minutes to sit and focus on your breath.
- Don’t be frightened to ask for support. Whether you make an extra appointment with your GP, speak to one of our online Doctors, or lean on your friends for support, there’s no shame in needing a little extra help.
- It might be the same advice your mum gives you, but a good night’s sleep really does help. Being well rested gives you better tools to cope.
We can all feel the pressure to have the perfect Christmas, but this festive season, remember to focus on you and your health too.