Coping With Christmas: An Anxiety Minefield
You only have to turn on the TV to see that Christmas is usually portrayed as a time of carefree happiness and joy. However, the reality can be very different. Many of us experience a mixture of excitement and trepidation as the festive period approaches and struggle with the extra pressures and expectations placed upon us.
The Christmas holidays provide a unique mix of situations that can be anxiety inducing and stressful for many people. Here are just a few examples that I help my clients with.
The Office Party
Do you sign up for the work party every year only to have anxiety prevent you going? It’s not uncommon for anxiety sufferers to freeze as their work party approaches. The best intentions fade as they play over the possibilities in their head. Who will be there when they arrive? Who will they talk to? Will they embarrass themselves? What if they drink too much? What if it gets too crowded? What if they are left alone?
These thoughts are not uncommon, but if the fear and anxiety is ruining your Christmas, just three sessions with me will build your confidence so you can finally relax and enjoy the office party this year.
At Christmas, we’re often expected to spend time with distant family members who we might not feel completely comfortable with. Some people may worry about the pressure of being around children, for example, and how they’ll be expected to interact with them. Some are worried about feeling socially inadequate, shy or painfully awkward at family gatherings.
These situations often cause anxiety symptoms such as sweating, blushing and shaking which just serve to make the situation worse for the sufferer. These symptoms can be relived and controlled with hypnotherapy treatment.
Pressure To Be Happy
The extra pressure you might feel to be happy and care free at Christmas can have exactly the opposite effect. If you’re socialising with people who aren’t aware of how you might be feeling, they can see your demeanour as unwilling to participate or as unfriendly. The pressure to organise and enjoy one ‘perfect’ day can be too much for many of us.
Christmas anxiety is also triggered by financial and social pressures that seem to increase each year. For many, these modern expectations are far from their ideal Christmas experience.
Arguments & Tension
For more volatile families conflict is often inevitable. If we struggle to deal with conflict, destructive behaviour from family members can fill us with dread. We often feel ourselves reverting to a childlike state as we are reminded of how powerless we can feel.
One healthy response is developing the confidence to communicate assertively and stop ‘people pleasing’ whilst letting go of resentments and building healthy relationships. With a slight change in mindset, you could find that any family conflict is more easily dealt with and causes you a lot less anxiety.
A Happier Christmas In Just 3 Hypnotherapy Sessions
The answer to Christmas social anxiety lies in remembering that you’re not alone and believing that things can change. Give hypnotherapy a chance and enjoy all aspects of Christmas this year.
In as little as 3 sessions, we can reduce your anxiety, change your behaviour and improve your wellbeing for a calmer, happier you – what better Christmas present is there?
Contact me today to learn more about how I can help you.