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People who struggle with anxiety or depression often have difficulty feeling the holiday cheer around this time of year. A time meant for friends and families to come together and celebrate isn’t always easy, especially if you are going through something hard. Here are a few tips to help you get through the holiday season with a focus on self-care:

1. Take time for yourself. Remember that you deserve happiness as well. Sometimes you might need a moment alone to help collect your thoughts, and that’s ok.

2. Connect with your breath. Whether it’s from the stress of holidays, social anxiety, or the in-laws, seeking a quiet spot to catch up with your breathing is a good way to relax.

3. Be mindful about drug and alcohol use. If you decide to partake in refreshments, remember to be mindful and make sure you do what’s best for you.

4. Practice a healthy relationship with food. Don’t let the holidays dictate how you eat. Maintain a balance and stay healthy.

5. Take care of yourself during difficult interactions with family. Small talk or other social interactions with friends or family members can be difficult. Try having someone to reach out to when you need a break or find a space to take some time away from the hubbub.

6. Make room for grief during the holidays if you are missing loved ones who have passed. Save some time for reflection and remember that it’s ok to be both happy and sad at the same time, even during the holidays.

7. Remember that holiday stress will pass. Just like other times of high anxiety, the stress of the holiday season will soon come to a close. Try to make the best of it while keeping your happiness in mind.

Read the full article in The Mighty here.
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