The holidays are a time for joy and celebration, but for many people, it can also be a source of anxiety. With family gatherings and reunions, there can be added stress and pressure to act a certain way or have a good time. If you're struggling with anxiety around your family during the holidays, you're not alone. In this blog post, we'll discuss some tips on how to cope with your anxiety and make the most of the holiday season.
Don't try to change yourself
The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, especially when it comes to spending time with family. Whether you’re dealing with conflicting personalities or unresolved issues, it can be hard to feel relaxed and comfortable around your family during this special time of year.
If you find yourself feeling anxious in the presence of your family, here are some tips to help you cope:
1. Don't try to change yourself.
One of the biggest sources of anxiety can be the pressure we put on ourselves to act a certain way when we're around our families. We might feel like we have to be perfect, or make sure everyone gets along. But the truth is, it's okay to be who you are! Try to accept and embrace your true self, and let go of any expectations that may be causing you stress.
2. Set boundaries.
Sometimes, it can be helpful to set boundaries with your family to keep your anxiety levels in check. For instance, if you're feeling overwhelmed by extended conversations, try to excuse yourself from the conversation after a few minutes. Or if your family tends to bring up sensitive topics, make it known that you don't want to talk about them. This can help keep your anxiety under control and ensure that everyone has a pleasant holiday experience.
You can also establish ground rules ahead of time. For example, if there are topics that cause tension within your family, it’s okay to let them know that you don’t feel comfortable discussing them.
You have the right to choose what conversations you do and don’t want to participate in. It’s also important to remember that while family dynamics can be difficult, they don’t have to be negative.
3. Take breaks.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the festivities and family gatherings, don't be afraid to take a break and spend some time alone.