Holiday parties are a common stressor for people with social anxiety disorders. Reaching out to friends, getting in touch with nature, singing aloud, reframing negative thoughts by writing simple 'I know' statements helps release pent up emotions and makes you more positive. Practicing meditation techniques will help you to overcome your travel fears.
It’s like a blanket of sadness and you think no one understands. Holiday depression and social anxiety are debilitating and make you feel like there is no way out. It’s the holidays, everyone seems joyful except for you. Epigenetics, the new frontier in science, is helping us understand why we have triggers that cause hopelessness, social anxiety, and depression. More than 10,000 papers have been written with billions going into research. The medical community wants to know how to turn those genetic “switches” OFF when they go ON – but treatment of this kind could be years in the future.
Ways To Overcome Anxiety And Holiday Depression
1. Reach out
Just calling a friend, a loved one, or hotline will help when you’re feeling hopelessness and in a moment of crisis. Everyone has times of depression. Reach out and give someone the opportunity to show they care. Next time, you’ll be that lifeline for someone who needs it as much as you do now.
2. Take a walk
Get in nature if possible, whether it’s a walk in the park or sitting at the beach. Initially you want to get your body in action as it helps to release the built up stress and anxiety. Then sit and notice the beauty of where you are. Nature has a way of calming negative self talk.
3. Get in the shower
Water neutralizes the chemical imbalance in the body when you feel emotionally triggered. The intensity of the distress puts your overall health in danger. The sooner you get in water, the better. Speak aloud that your troubles are being washed down the drain.
4. Write “I Know” statements
Take incremental steps to shift from where you are to where you want to be. Write simple I know statements such as, I Know:
- remarkable people throughout history have all been through hard times.
- I’ll learn something from this and become stronger and more compassionate because of it.
- I have friends and family that love me.
5. Sing out loud
It’s literally impossible to sing at the top of your lungs and feel depressed! Singing loud helps you release pent up emotions. When the chemical imbalance shifts, it reenergizes your natural vitality. When a smile appears, you know it’s the beginning of a road back.
Some of you will find that holiday depression is just that, social anxiety that appears during this action packed, emotionally charged time of the year. But for others it’s the breakdown that can bring about a breakthrough to transform your life in the new year. How to overcome anxiety is by first getting out of the pain you’re in. Then you need inspiration to discover the next step. This is where a great meditation technique can be helpful, as solutions from the source of your potential will always guide you into a new future you really love.