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Surviving Xmas with an anxiety disorder

Although many people look forward to Xmas, with others it fills them with dread. If you have an anxiety disorder, feelings of apprehension may take hold several weeks before the festive season starts. I have put together some pointers to reduce your anxiety and make the holiday season more bearable, and possibly enjoyable.

1. Be honest! You may be invited to parties, or you may be hosting a party yourself. If you are invited to someone’s house, be honest with them. Tell them about your condition and explain how it might affect you. Have a back up plan, in case you start feeling unwell. Ask if you can use one of the bedrooms to have a rest and practise your deepbreathing exercises etc.

2. Don’t overindulge! Excessive sugar and caffeine may increase your anxiety. If you have to have alcohol, perhaps you could alternate with a soft drink. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3. Stay in the moment! Don’t let your brain keep focusing on the future and catastrophising over everything. Keep saying to yourself “I’ll deal with it when it happens”.

4. Stay focused! If you are practising various techniques, like exposure therapy, these can fall by the wayside during the festive season. Make a list of things you need to practise each day, and stay focused!

5. You have been through this before and survived. You can do it again!

6. Remember that Xmas is a time for love and the most important person you can love is yourself.

Above all, I hope you and your loved ones have a peaceful and joyous festive season,
Vincent Benedict

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Panic Attacks over Christmas

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Panic Attacks over Christmas

Panic attacks over Christmas are very common.  Your heart starts to pound and your breathing is shallower and difficult. You are finding it hard to focus and your palms are sweating. You are suffering from a panic attack.

Kent based company has noticed an increase in clients suffering from panic attacks, and the numbers are expected to increase as panic attacks over Christmas normally increase. Christmas time is a stressful time and people find it hard to cope, especially if finances are an issue.

“There is no doubt that panic attacks are on the increase.” says hypnotherapist, Vincent Benedict. “Anxiety problems have been around for some time but it is now getting overwhelming. Increase in workplace stress, people work longer hours and expectations from them are too high. People have forgotten how to relax properly and turn to quick fix cures like drinking alcohol, which can make panic attacks worse.”

In many cases, people don’t realise that they are suffering from stress until they have a panic attack out of the blue. It is like a warning signal from the body that you are under too much pressure. Women are also more likely to suffer. Some experts believe that this is so because women have a more stressful role in life. Others believe that female numbers are high because they are more likely to ask for help.   Panic attacks are treatable and you should seek help as soon as possible.

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*** Disclaimer:   Please note that, as with all therapies, results may vary from client to client.
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