Tis the Season For Anxiety

Tis the Season For Anxiety

Anxiety is a completely natural response to stress. It’s a built in security system that alerts you to say “this is a hostile environment”. The problem is, our bodies can’t tell the difference from real vs. perceived danger which means we are constantly on high alert these days. As soon as we are uncomfortable, our body thinks “I’m in trouble” and the anxiety switch gets turned on.

The good news is, over time, we can reprogram our minds to recognize the difference and thus reduce our anxiety.

This time of year, more often than not, we get ourselves into a season of over-committing, over-spending, and over-extending. By now, you might already be feeling those effects and worse they might be amplifying because there’s always more to do.

Take a deep breath.

And another.

Anxiety comes from the false belief that we won’t be ok. That after whatever we are worrying about is all said and done, something will go terribly wrong.

But really, what’s the worst that could happen if your holiday fears come true?

If you burn dinner, everyone will still be just fine. And you’ll have a story.

If you forget a present, there’s more mail options than ever before.

If you’re late, you still made it.

If you’re strapped for cash, you’re more likely than not still going to have a roof over your head.

When you start to feel your anxiety rise this holiday season, I want you to take a deep, deep breath. And then I want you to put your worries in context. At the end of the day, everything will be ok. You will handle it or you won’t, but either way you’ll still be standing. You’ll still be ok.

The sun will set in the evening and it will rise again the next day.

My prescription for you: Instead of trying to “get through” the holidays. Try to enjoy them. This little mindset shift can make all the difference in the world.

From my home to yours,

Dr T