Avoiding Anxiety this Holiday Season

Avoiding Anxiety this Holiday Season
Avoiding Anxiety this Holiday Season
This holiday season, let’s unwrap the moment! In today’s society, we are taught to give presents when we wish to express love and gratitude, even though it often drives us into exhaustion and creates overwhelming levels of stress and anxiety.

This holiday season, let’s unwrap the moment!

In today’s society, we are taught to give presents when we wish to express love and gratitude. This is especially true during the holidays, even though it often drives us into exhaustion and creates overwhelming levels of stress and anxiety. What if instead, let's give a gift that cannot be replicated, imitated or replaced by anything else in the world. Our presence. 

This holiday season, we hope you consider being present with the ones you love, and build life-long memories while you do it. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite activities that take you away from your distractions and share your full, authentic self instead.

  1. Bring out the board games! Have fun playing a round of Monopoly, Catan, Code Names, Jenga, Scrabble, etc.
  2. Bake some holiday treats. Tip: Pinterest can get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen with delicious and healthy festive recipes. 
  3. Embrace the weather and get outside! Whether you are building a snowman, snow angels, having a snowball fight, going tobogganing, skating, skiing/snowboarding or hiking – having fun and being active outside is a fantastic way to make lasting memories with your loved ones.
  4. Host a small holiday party - a gathering with some of your closest friends and family that will not create stress.
  5. Have a stay-cation. Stay home with your significant other, siblings, parents, friends or your pet and make memories right from your home. Build a fire, try a new recipe, play games, or just sit and chat. Disconnect from technology and be in the present moment. If you want to get out of the house, try visiting somewhere new; some place you’ve been meaning to check out but never seem to find the time to (ie. a local coffee shop, park, or store) .

If you don’t want to go empty handed to a holiday event or really find joy out of gift giving, consider giving someone a gift that will create future memories together. For example:

  1. Buy them a book but get yourself a copy as well. This way you can read them at the same time, and schedule your own mini “book club” meetings to get together to discuss. Tip: if you don’t like to read (aka you do enough of that in school), there's always books-on-tape where you can listen to them instead (podcasts, e-books, etc).
  2. Give a gift certificate for dinner, a movie, or fun experience, with a special handwritten note saying this is to be shared with one another.

Remember, toys and gadgets come and go. They are exciting in the moment, but they do not last forever. This holiday season, let’s focus on what does last forever – memories.

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