Tips for Managing Anxiety During the Holidays

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Tips for Managing Anxiety During the Holidays

– Plan time for you – While it may be exciting (or expected) for you to see family and friends during the holidays, there’s nothing wrong with pacing yourself as not to get overwhelmed. The holiday season is supposed to be fun for everyone, and that includes you. It is not necessary to put yourself in stressful situations day after day to please others. Instead, plan social time or activities that provoke anxiety on your own terms.

– Get plenty of rest – Sleep deprivation is a serious trigger to anxiety. It is difficult to keep yourself relaxed if you’re running on empty, especially when other pressures are on your shoulders. Instead of staying up late shopping for gifts or worrying about next week’s holiday party, be sure to go to bed at your normal time and try to relax as much as you can in the evening.

– Take care of your body – In addition to sleep, it’s important to eat well and exercise during the holiday season. If you’re prone to stress eating or feel like you don’t have time to exercise, it can make the problem even worse. Not only will you feel the effects of stress physiologically, but not taking care of yourself will worsen your mood in general.

– Reach out for healing – If these methods don’t work for you, there are other options you can use to lower your stress levels. Acupuncture is a medical and spiritual healing technique that has been used to lower stress levels for millennia. Not only can it help to regulate emotional functioning at the physical and neurological level, but it can help release emotional tension and give you the space you need to relax. Acupuncture is widely used to treat generalized anxiety disorders and panic attacks, and it can help you get through the holidays much happier and healthier.

Acupuncture is one of the most effective, transformative, and simple solutions for stress relief. Not only will the practice release tension in the body, but the calming environment can help you to put your mind at ease and work on difficult emotional problems at hand during the season.
While we recommend 6 visits or more for those with chronic anxiety, one or two visits can immediately help with holiday stress and emotional management.

Besides, Chinese herbal medicine, formulated more than 3000 years ago, has proven effective without prescription medicine’s harmful side effects. Natural, plant-based remedies could alleviate anxiety–naturally.

Talk to our office today to learn more about the benefits and options for anxiety relief through acupuncture. It could truly change your holiday season. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Dong in-person or a video appointment, email