By Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and CEO stem4
The following things can create anxiety over the Christmas period – here’s what you can do to help yourself using the Clear Fear app:
Dealing with crowds
Whilst most people accept that places will get crowded over the Christmas break, for someone who experiences anxiety in busy places this might prove a challenge.
Use ‘Stay Calm’ in ‘Dealing With Your Emotions’ section in Clear Your Fear and also make a plan in the ‘Reacting To Worries’ section.
Lack of sleep
Lots more parties and late nights over the Christmas period can mean less sleep. Once school or college breaks up sleep routines also change.
Lack of sleep can create a build up of stress hormones leading to increased anxiety.
Use the ‘Managing Physical Responses To Anxiety’ section in Clear Your Fear to set some sleep targets and also try the ‘Make Time To Relax’ section as well as the ‘Stay Calm’ section in ‘Dealing With Your Emotions’ to help you sleep.
Too much temptation
There are a lot more treats around Christmas. Lots of rich food and more to drink can mean having more processed food than usual, increased sugar and more caffeine. All of these can contribute to increased anxiety.
Use the ‘Managing Physical Responses To Anxiety’ section in Clear Your Fear to set yourself some goals.
Lots more socialising
Whilst Christmas can be a good time to catch up with friends, for anyone who experiences social anxiety it can be a difficult challenge.
Be selective about which social situations you attend and use the ‘Reacting To Worries’ section in Clear Your Fear to face difficult situations.
Whilst Christmas is often an exciting and enjoyable time for people to get together, family and relationship tensions can sometimes get in the way, creating high levels of stress and anxiety.
Use the ‘Dealing With Your Emotions’ and the ‘Managing Your Worries’ sections in Clear Your Fear to help.
Feeling lonely, missing loved ones
Christmas often brings people together, so if a loved one is absent it can feel sad and lonely.
Why not try ‘Grit Box’ in the Clear Fear app, it’s got inspirational quotes and inspirational people to help uplift mood and a space to add your positive statements to help you get through a difficult time.
‘Safety Net’ can also help – make sure you personalise it.
Lots of revision for January exams
Pressure to do well in exams and worries about sticking to an exam timetable revision can make Christmas time with it’s many distractions an anxious time.
Why not try ‘Managing Physical Responses To Anxiety’ in Clear Your Fear as well as ‘Managing Your Worries’?
Have regular breaks when you do revise and in that time have a look at the ‘Dealing With Your Emotions’ section, specifically ‘Stay Calm’ and ‘Laugh & Smile’.
The Clear Fear app is available as a free download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.clearfear.co.uk.