Before Thanksgiving, I wrote a blog post on coping with the holiday season. I focused mostly navigating family relationships, which is certainly a significant source of anxiety in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. But as we all know too well, there are plenty of other reasons we’re stressed out this time of year.
There’s no denying that the holidays are a stressful time for just about everyone, but this is particularly true for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders. Between long-distance travel, frenzied preparation for house and dinner guests, familial tensions, and sky-high expectations, it’s no surprise that in a recent poll by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, three-quarters of respondents report being more anxious and/or depressed during the holidays. Forget good tidings and counting your blessings — it seems that the holidays and anxiety go hand-in-hand!