Preparing for the Thanksgiving can be a daunting task for anyone, now imagine that feeling with anxiety into the mix. If you have anxiety disorders, the holiday season can be full of triggers. Here are 5 tips for staying healthy and happy during this time of the year.
Spend some time giving to someone else. This can be through volunteering for a local organization or just helping people that may need assistance. Helping someone else makes you feel good by inducing endorphins, raising your self-esteem and it reminds you of the spiritual meaning of the Thanksgiving
Take it Easy with the Preparations
Lower your expectations. Do not go in to this setting a standard that can eventually overwhelm you! Keep your expectations for Thanksgiving realistic with your situation. Instead of spending more money than you can afford, limit your purchases to meet your budget. Instead of focusing on how well the family get-together will go, accept your relationship with your family. Prepare what you can, but never be afraid to ask for help. Splitting the holiday tasks with other family and friends helps keep everyone responsible instead of placing the load all on one person. Rather than going from party to party, it’s also okay to spend some time at home, enjoying the quiet time spent with family or friends.
Get Plenty of Rest
Make sure you get plenty of rest. It is tempting to spend extra time at parties or events and then still get up early the next morning for work. But it is important to continue to get a good night’s sleep each night. Anxiety attacks can happen more frequently if you do not get the proper rest.
Don’t Skip on Your Exercise
As much as rest is important, eating healthy and exercising to keep up a healthy lifestyle is important to keeping anxiety attacks minimal and under control. Just because it is the holidays does not mean you should feel pressure to give up your diet plan, and if you want to indulge as that is what Thanksgiving is for, go ahead and enjoy. Just be mindful to stay active with an exercise routine.
Prepare for Thanksgiving Shopping Crowds
Being among the Thanksgiving supply shopping crowd is an understandable reason for an anxiety attack. To try preventing anxiety attacks, prepare yourself before leaving your home by focusing your mind on remaining calm. If you can’t find what you need in the store, stay calm and get an alternative or visit another store. An aromatherapy treatment or yoga exercises can be a great way to settle your mind to prepare for the day. While shopping, instead of getting angry and irritated at the long lines, take the time to start a conversation with someone else standing in line and wish them a happy and healthy holiday season. Bringing a smile to someone else can improve your mood and help spread the spiritual meaning of the holidays.
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