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Coping with Holiday Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping with Holiday Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The holiday season can be a significant source of anxiety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty and changes brought by the pandemic have heightened feelings of anxiety for many. Here are strategies to help you cope with holiday anxiety and find peace during these challenging times.

Recognizing Holiday Anxiety

Holiday anxiety can manifest as feelings of tension, worry, and overwhelm. The pandemic has added concerns about health, safety, and changes to traditional celebrations, intensifying these emotions.

Strategies for Coping with Holiday Anxiety

  1. Focusing on What You Can Control Concentrate on aspects of the holiday season that are within your control. Create a schedule, plan safe activities, and establish new traditions that you can look forward to.

  2. Limiting Exposure to News Continuous exposure to pandemic news can increase anxiety. Limit your news intake and focus on reliable sources for updates. Set specific times for checking news rather than continuously throughout the day.

  3. Practicing Mindfulness Mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and grounding exercises, can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety. Practice being present in the moment and letting go of worries about the future.

  4. Connecting with Loved Ones Maintain connections with friends and family through virtual gatherings and regular check-ins. Social support is crucial for managing anxiety and maintaining emotional health.

  5. Creating a Calming Environment Make your home a sanctuary by decorating for the holidays, playing soothing music, and incorporating calming scents like lavender. A peaceful environment can help reduce anxiety.

  6. Setting Boundaries It's important to set boundaries with family and friends regarding holiday plans. Communicate your comfort levels and adhere to safety guidelines to protect your health and well-being.

Coping with holiday anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic involves focusing on what you can control, practicing mindfulness, maintaining connections, creating a calming environment, and setting boundaries. By implementing these strategies, you can manage anxiety and find moments of peace and joy during the holiday season.


Need Help Developing A Plan For Self-Care

Do you want help developing a self-care plan that works for your busy schedule? Do you want accountability in implementing a self-care plan? If you or someone you love is struggling to maintain optimal mental and emotional health, consider reaching out to Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. We are a Metro Atlanta, Conyers Georgia area. We are a coaching and counseling practice with empathetic, skilled counselors and recovery coaches who can help you set goals, develop a self-care routine, and move forward to build a more fulfilling life. Our team would be happy to work with you either just for a couple of sessions to develop and implement a Self-care plan or longer term to work toward overall better mental health within our membership site or other programs.

Dr. Nikki LeToya White
Dr. Nikki LeToya White

About The Author:

Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director, and full-time board-certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC

Art Wellness Studio and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include an online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence-based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self-care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In living a life in recovery from sugar addiction. Loving her low-sugar balance lifestyle.

Warm Regards

Dr. Nikki LeToya White


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