The holidays can bring out a different kind of stress than everyday life. The pressure to present picture-perfect events and buy just the right gifts can be too much for anyone to cope with, especially those with an anxiety disorder.
At Klarity Clinic, our medical team specializes in ketamine infusion therapy to address the symptoms of chronic anxiety. This treatment is highly effective and beneficial, especially if traditional medications aren’t working well for you.
Although your anxiety treatment may keep your symptoms at bay, holiday stress may throw you off track. Here are some ways to better cope with anxiety during the holidays:
1. Have the right expectations
Social media and family traditions can put a lot of pressure on you around the holidays. Go into the season with reasonable expectations for what’s to come.
If party planning or meal prep seem too overwhelming, ask for others to step in to help. You may also wish to pare down big events and opt for smaller, more intimate gatherings with people whose company you enjoy.
2. Commit to a budget
Many people go overboard financially during the holidays, which can lead to increased anxiety and depression when the new year rolls around.
When entertaining or buying presents, set a budget ahead of time, and stick to it. If you’re already financially stretched thin, consider skipping the holiday party altogether. Gift baked goods or other presents you can make on your own.
3. Don’t ignore your feelings
Acknowledging how you feel can take some pressure off the situation. Understand that it’s common for people to be extra stressed and anxious during the busy holiday season, so it’s not just you struggling to cope.
Take time to sit with your feelings and find some type of emotional release. This may involve giving yourself permission to cry, journaling about your feelings, or taking a long walk when you feel overwhelmed.
4. Avoid the temptation to isolate
Although some time alone to recharge is an important part of self-care, resist the urge to isolate yourself completely. When you’re feeling stressed out or anxious about life during the holidays, reach out to friends or family members who can be supportive.
Stay connected by phone calls or regular texts to help you feel less alone. You may find that others are feeling more stressed than usual and venting to one another can help reduce the intensity of everyone’s emotions.
5. Stay on track with your anxiety treatment plan
In addition to making some changes during the holidays to minimize your anxiety, you also need to stay on track with your anxiety treatment.
We provide access to behavioral therapy and other strategies that keep your anxiety under control in addition to ketamine infusion therapy. You should follow through with your treatment plan, even when the holidays get busy.
If your current treatment isn’t working well and you’re interested in trying ketamine therapy, don’t wait to schedule a consultation. Infusion therapy involves six infusions over a two-week period, which can bring you fast and long-lasting anxiety symptom relief before the holiday madness begins.
You can call the Klarity Clinic office nearest to you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a candidate for ketamine therapy for anxiety.