The thought of the New Year can be rather liberating. In some ways it can feel like a fresh start, a time for new thing, improvements and happiness. It can also be fraught with worry. The pressure of making changes, dealing with new problems and challenges, as well as many other reasons. We want to help you try to cope with that anxiety a little, to make greeting the new year that much easier.

Be Kind to Yourself

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We are our own worst critics. No matter what happens in our lives we always seem to come down the hardest on ourselves. In no way do we want to diminish the reasons you feel that the New Year is daunting, however you need to be kinder to yourself. Those internal chats and dressing downs help no one, least of all yourself. Remember that you are doing your best and that is absolutely good enough.

Have a Plan

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If you are worrying about something that is happening in the New Year, have a plan in mind to deal with it. Sometimes the anxiety can be relieved by having a plan. The act of sitting down and writing out how to manage a situation can be incredibly rewarding mentally. And leaving things to the last minute can really add to your woe.

Talking

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One of the hardest ways to cope with our anxieties, can be talking to someone. This is in spite of it being a useful tool that can make all the difference. Chatting about your fears can give you new perspective, clarity and even help you solve challenges. Above all, talking about these worries really does lessen them mentally. The old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ has been around for so long, and it’s because of the truth that lies within it.

Change Your Perspective

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This is not an easy one, but it is possible. Changing your perspective doesn’t mean that you stop worrying or dealing with a fear or problem. However, it helps you to cope with the situations you are facing. Making a decision to choose happiness and positivity is tough, as is putting it in to practice, but it is worth it.

  • When you feel concerned, upset or worried, take stock of that emotion and why you are feeling it.
  • Now allow yourself a time to be in the moment and embrace these feelings. It may be an hour, a day, a week. This can be reduced over time.
  • Decide that once you have felt what you need to, you are going to shake it off. Stand up tall. Face the world and the emotions head on.
  • Decide that you want to feel happy and remind yourself of this each and every time you feel down.

Eventually, the process becomes second nature and you realise that it is working. Not for every concern or issue we face, but for many. This is just one suggestion that could help you cope a little better. Remember though, even if you feel better about a situation, dealing with it is better than burying your head in the sand. That will only bring more distress and upset in the future.

How do you generally deal with anxiety? You will be able to find all manner of self-care ideas this year on The Wonderment throughout December. 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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