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How to Manage Holiday Anxiety for a Successful Recovery in 2023

by Will Long

October 24, 2023
Tips for managing holiday anxiety

The holiday season is often hailed as the most wonderful time of the year, full of joy, love, and a sense of togetherness. However, for individuals navigating the path of recovery, the holiday season can be fraught with challenges and emotional triggers. Family gatherings, office parties, and a seemingly endless array of festive events can present unforeseen stressors that may affect your emotional well-being.

Understanding how to manage holiday anxiety is crucial for a successful recovery. By implementing coping mechanisms and planning ahead, you can navigate this period without jeopardizing your progress. Here are some tips to help you through it.

Recognize Your Triggers

Before the holiday season kicks into full gear, it’s important to identify what specifically triggers your anxiety. Whether it’s certain people, places, or simply the overload of festivities, being aware of your triggers will help you come up with a strategy to handle them.

Enjoying the holidays is possible if you know how to manage your stress levels in a mindful way

Enjoying the holidays is possible if you know how to manage your stress levels in a mindful way

Set Healthy Boundaries

It’s OK to say no. Your recovery comes first. Politely decline invitations to events that you think may put your recovery at risk. Make it clear to family and friends what your boundaries are, and don’t hesitate to step away if those boundaries are pushed or violated.

Plan Ahead

If you’re attending an event, plan out how you’ll handle situations that may trigger your anxiety. For example, if you’re going to a family gathering where alcohol will be served, bring your own non-alcoholic beverages. Always have an exit strategy in case you need to leave an uncomfortable situation quickly.

Lean on Your Support System

Don’t underestimate the power of a strong support network. Speak openly with trusted friends or family about your concerns, and consider attending additional support group meetings during this period. The extra emotional support can make a significant difference.

Take Time for Self-Care

The holidays can be overwhelming. Make sure to set aside time for self-care activities that promote relaxation and emotional well-being, like exercising, journaling, or engaging in a favorite hobby. These will act as a reset button for your mind, allowing you to approach challenges with a clearer perspective.

The holidays can be a time of heightened stress but also a time to focus on your emotional and mental wellbeing

The holidays can be a time of heightened stress but also a time to focus on your emotional and mental wellbeing

Keep Up with Routine

A disruption in routine can sometimes lead to anxiety. Despite the holiday chaos, try to stick to your regular schedule as much as possible. This includes your sleep cycle, meals, and any medications you may be taking.

Consult Professionals

If the holiday season is becoming too overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Sometimes a little extra guidance can go a long way in maintaining a stable path toward recovery.

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Managing holiday anxiety is an essential component of your journey towards a successful recovery. By recognizing your triggers, setting healthy boundaries, and leaning on your support system, you can navigate the festive season with confidence and peace of mind.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are in need of a structured plan to navigate recovery successfully, Landmark Recovery is here to help. Our evidence-based programs and dedicated team can provide the support you need. Contact us today at 888-448-0302 to learn more about how we can assist you.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.