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The holiday season can be a two-sided coin.
On one side there’s holiday cheer, family gatherings, love and happiness. On the other, stress, depression, anxiety. And very often you can feel both — holiday cheer and stress or anxiety.
One survey by the American Psychological Association found that 38 percent of those contacted reported increased stress levels during the holidays with commercialism, lack of time, lack of money and family gatherings among the causes.
The survey also found that while many people responded that they felt happy and were in high spirits over the holidays, they also experienced stress, irritability and sadness.
“With the holidays we can get ourselves in trouble because we start taking on more than we’re able to manage,” says Megan Walsh, LCPC, with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. “We’ll set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and when we fail to meet those, we turn around and we just beat up on ourselves.”
To reduce holiday stress and anxiety try some of these tips:
If you’re struggling with anxiety, we can help. Learn more about Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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