For many, holidays are an exciting time, full of lots of parties and family traditions. For others, however, these can be moments that evoke stress, trepidation, and social anxiety. While it is normal to feel a bit anxious about meeting new people, feeling uneasy in such everyday situations can indicate a problem. When the thought of socializing with new people or striking a conversation with friends becomes terrifying, you may have a social anxiety disorder. If you find yourself struggling with social anxiety, seeking help through an anxiety disorder treatment program can help reinstate your exuberance during holidays and beyond.
How Do Holidays Impact Social Anxiety?
Holidays have a lot of stressors that may trigger or even exacerbate social anxiety. Some of them include:
Holidays can be a window to old bitter memories. Holidays can uncover past wounds, and you may find yourself dwelling in the inadequacy of your past. When one keeps associating holidays with negative memories such as the loss of a loved one or previous trauma, holidays will serve as constant reminders of the events and, as a result, evoke stress and anxiety.
Holidays are moments to reflect on the events that have taken place throughout the year. Thinking about major events such as your wedding or perhaps your divorce can throw you, aggravating your social anxiety.
Holidays are a great time to reconnect with family. But it is also a time where you inevitably have to meet with toxic relatives who don’t understand or empathize with your condition. It can be hurtful to interact with people who stigmatize or make light of your situation.
Obligations and Errands Can Be Overwhelming
There is a lot going on during the holidays. For example, your schedule may change, your eating habits may worsen, or sleep patterns may get disrupted. All of these factors may wear you out, leaving you tense and fragile.
How Can I Overcome Social Anxiety This Holiday Season?
There are many strategies that you can use to overcome your social anxiety during the holidays. Some of these strategies include:
- Prioritize self-care – Holiday seasons may feel like a marathon. For this reason, you want to be well prepared for it, and the best way to do so is by taking extra body care. Things like having a healthy sleep pattern, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly can go a long way in managing your social anxiety. Besides, you will want to avoid overindulging in alcohol and unhealthy foods so that you have the energy to brave through the hustle and bustle of holidays.
- Set reasonable schedules and deadlines – As much as you would like to participate in most of the fun activities during the holidays, it is best to opt for the most meaningful experiences that put you amid people who feed your spirit. If your schedule starts becoming overwhelming, do not hesitate to say no to some of the events and activities.
- Practice mindfulness – Mindful meditation in the morning or evening can help you slow down your racing thoughts, help you let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body.
- Having someone you trust at a party can help Tag along with a friend you can trust and one who understands your situation. This person will help you socialize throughout the event, easing the tension and discomfort you may be experiencing.
Get Help for Your Social Anxiety Today at TruHealing Centers
When it goes untreated, social anxiety can take a toll on your work performance, relationships, and even your ability to manage your finances and responsibilities. If holidays are a stark contrast to the lovely, bright, and enjoyable events you idealize, you do not have to bear the burden alone. At TruHealing Centers, we offer treatment programs to help you manage your social anxiety and any other co-occurring mental health issue. Some of our treatment programs include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
- Family therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy program
Let’s empower you to manage your social anxiety and enjoy your holidays. Either call TruHealing Centers at 833.631.0525 or complete our convenient online form to find help today.