What is Anxiety:
In my experience many people don’t know they are struggling with anxiety so here is the definition of anxiety:
“Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat”.
(Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology)
5 Tips to Manage Christmas with Anxiety
I can never emphasize this enough. We forget to ask ourselves in this busy season what we may need to take care of ourselves. We are very often taking care of others. Make a conscious effort to ask yourself what you need and try to implement this. I often take time to have a coffee and sit down doing this with no distractions.
We may tend to stay up later than usual and maybe sleep in. This has an impact on your anxiety and it is important that you try to keep this in check. Allow 6-8 hours for sleep.
Watch your alcohol and food intake
This time of year alcohol or food consumption can be higher. Alcohol can have an impact on your anxiety not only the day of drinking but also the day after. Everything in moderation.
If you have apps that guide you in breathing like Headspace or Insight Timer great. If not youtube is a fantastic resource to help you with this (search abdominal breathing). Breathing is imperative to reduction in anxiety.
The right type of exercise for you is important. For you it may be a walk or for others it may be the gym. Doing some exercise particularly in nature can be very helpful in managing your anxiety.
These are only some strategies for dealing with Anxiety. If you are struggling with management of anxiety I would love to work with you to manage this. Counselling and Psychotherapy in Galway can be very effective.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.