The Christmas period is filled with all kinds of pressure and anxiety. It can be hard to know how to handle this because it can be so incredibly overwhelming. We have teamed up with Kalms to bring you some top tips to help during the holidays and fight that festive angst.

Christmas Angst

This can come in so many forms, from finding the perfect gifts, organising the home, getting everything you need for Christmas dinner and hosting family. Wherever your angst arises it can be powerful and worrying. It makes the whole holiday stressful and can ruin your enjoyment of it.

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Anxiety affects between 2–5% of the population and for those experiencing anxiety, the Christmas period can prove particularly problematic. According to MIND, one in four adults feel anxious during the festive period, as the extra demands at Christmas become overwhelming.

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The challenges of manageing this anxiety can be monumental The extra pressure of making sure everyone around you is happy and has a good time, just adds to these feelings.

“Anxiety is extremely common and at its worst can be incredibly disabling. It is important therefore that those living with anxiety seek early help and that treatment interventions offered are acceptable and accessible. Psychological symptoms of anxiety include worry, spinning thoughts and insomnia due to a racing mind. Anxiety can also affect the body – causing issues such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, headaches, and muscle tension. These symptoms can feel very distressing, particularly over the festive period.”

Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter”

Managing Angst

If you are feeling completely overwhelmed during Christmas, please do reach out and ask for help. Whether in the form of speaking to a loved one or a professional. There is a wide range of organisations you can contact, check out our Therapy page for more information.

There are steps that you can take to help yourself though, from having some ‘me’ time, to planning and talking. Here are five tips from Kalms to get you on your way.

Focus on the positives. 

Avoid dwelling on what you cannot control and focus on the things you can. If you’re feeling anxious, taking stock of what you’re grateful for might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal can help improve your mental health.

Plan Ahead. 

Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, connecting with friends and other activities. Consider whether you can shop online for any of your items. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for meal prep and clean-up.

Try a traditional herbal remedy, such as Kalms Lavender.

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Lavender oil has a long-standing association with relieving symptoms of mild anxiety. Over 15 clinical trials have shown that a daily capsule of uniquely prepared lavender oil, found only in Kalms Lavender, can relieve the symptoms of anxiety in just one to two weeks. Benefits are comparable to commonly used anti-anxiety medications without problems such as sedation, addiction, or interaction with other medications.

Don’t abandon healthy habits & let the holidays become a free-for-all. 

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Overindulgence only adds to your anxiety and guilt. Make efforts to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Remind yourself that it might take time for the situation to resolve and be patient with yourself in the meantime.

Take time to talk.

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Sharing your worries with a trusted family member or friend can make them seem less daunting and help you realise you’re not alone. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead. Anxiety UK offers support, advice, and information on a range of anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression conditions. For assistance today, call their helpline on 03444 775 774.

Do remember to check with your GP or pharmacist when thinking about trying any new remedy, particularly if you are on medication.

About Kalms Lavendar One-A-Day Capsules

The anxiety-relieving effects of uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil are available, only in Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety such as stress and nervousness, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Always read the label. Kalms are available from supermarkets and chemists nationwide or online at Amazon.co.uk and www.kalmsrange.co.uk RRP £8.20

You can find lots of self-care ideas and tips in our Wellness & Self-Care section. Don’t forget to join the conversation over on social media too. You can find us on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.

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Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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