According to society’s script, New Year’s Eve and Day are reserved for celebration, excitement, and optimism. Everyone knows this is a forced sentiment but no one knows it like the person with an anxiety disorder. You just got through the holidays and now, the New Year is looming. Visions of the future and change fill your head and that can easily transform into fear. Anxiety and uncertainty are not a good mix.
It’s okay if you feel overwhelmed about all this but you also must take active steps to calm your anxious mind. With that in mind, let’s explore some of your options.
5 Tips For Calming Anxiety About The New Year
1. Skip the Resolutions
Resolutions are a pressure-packed concept. No matter how you’re feeling, you’re expected to articulate clear, attainable goals. When in the throes of anxiety, this can feel like a weight on your shoulders. Do yourself a favor and skip this tradition. You can make plans and formulate aspirations any time of year. If the New Year hoopla has you feeling stressed, this is definitely not the ideal time to create more pressure. Setting small, short-term goals might be the best idea if you choose to indulge at all.
2. Reframe What Happiness Means
We live in a world where people perform happiness on social media. Understandably, this can create feelings of shame and inadequacy. To counter this negative trend, take some time to cultivate your own definition of happiness. Keep in mind that it’s not a destination. There is no finish line. Happiness is an evolving process and you have every right to re-imagine what it means to you as often as you like.
3. Identify Your Rumination Triggers
Anxiety disorders cause overthinking and rumination. A giant step toward quelling this reality involves identifying your triggers. What gets you feeling stuck? When is it hardest to find feelings of gratitude in your heart? It helps to keep a journal as you monitor cause and effect. Recognizing your triggers helps you avoid and/or address them — and thus, reduces anxiety.
4. Make Self-Care a Daily Reality
You may feel particularly drained when you’re anxious. That makes sense because anxiety can be exhausting. An excellent counterbalance is the resilience you build through daily self-care. Some crucial elements are:
- Making healthy eating choices all day, every day
- Getting yourself into a steady sleep pattern
- Engaging in exercise and physical activity daily
- Developing some stress management and relaxation techniques
In the winter, it is essential to factor in the increased likelihood of the weather bringing you down. So, bundle up and get outside while the sun is out. Do your exercise and meet your friends and take walks.
5. Accept Your Current Situation
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition on the planet. There’s nothing to feel ashamed about and you don’t have to hide it. In fact, it’ll go a long way toward recovery if you accept its temporary presence. Acceptance like this will motivate you to do your homework to learn more and this helps to shatter the stigma. However, if you feel anxiety is hampering your daily functioning, you must ask for help.
Therapy is a Proven Path — Any Time of Year
Anxiety is a proficient liar. It will tell you tall tales about how flawed you are and that you should be embarrassed to feel this way. Connecting with an experienced therapist positions you to start talking back to this inner critic. Your weekly sessions are a safe space to explore your emotions and discover new approaches to help you thrive again. Let’s connect and talk more about your options soon for anxiety therapy.