thanksgiving with lots of family

Posted on: Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:35pm
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this time of year gives me anxiety because of the big social aspect of it. just the thought of thanksgiving with so many family members makes me anxious. being around so many people all day in a house feel suffocating. am i crazy to feel this way? what can i do to overcome this?

Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2019 - 5:48pm
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Hey Jules, I get it. The holidays are all overwhelming but I try to take it all one step at a time. Thanksgiving is the biggest get together for my family because everyone's there. For other holidays everyone branches off with their in-laws. This year I am going to make sure that I go for a nice long run in the morning to shake off any anxiety. If I can enter the day feeling less anxious that's going to help a ton. And I always play the "I forgot something in the car" or "I need to get something from the car" so that I can get outside to breathe some fresh air. I'll step outside and take some deep breaths. Then I go back inside and get back to the festivities. That's gotten me through big gatherings for years.

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2019 - 1:10pm
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I travel for Thanksgiving which is stressful enough so I am grateful that I go to my family's home where it's pretty tame. Christmas is another story. It's mayhem and does cause me a lot more anxiety but Thanksgiving is pretty mellow, thank goodness.

Posted on: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 3:31pm
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I go to a big thanksgiving at a friend's house because family is far away. This year I don't know what to expect because it's at a friend of a friend's house so that automatically adds a layer of anxiety. Like with every big social occassion that gives me anxiety I talk to my therapist about it and that calms me. I feel like suppressing my emotions about it makes it worse so talking about it helps a lot. Or even writing in my journal. I'm also newer to meditation but so far it helps me especially the day of the event.

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