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How to overcome this Holiday Season’s stress and anxiety? [3 key tips]

The Holiday Season is a wonderful time that you can spend with your family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also a time when you can feel stressed, overwhelmed and out of control. If so, you are not alone! We are here to help you cope with the extra pressure this time of the year. Our psychologist in San Antonio will give you 3 key tips as to how to work through this festive season without stress and anxiety.

If you have been struggling with constant anxiety, stress and feeling overwhelmed, and these emotions interfere with your daily routine, wait no longer! Visit our therapist in San Antonio.

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  1. Find time for yourself

That’s easier said than done! Despite of the all busyness and exhaustion that this Holiday Season brings, you should take time for yourself. How to do it? Make sure you schedule for me-time and do something that makes you feel happy and relaxed, such as, going for a walk, sneaking out to read your book, meeting a friend for coffee or even having a nice bath and going early to bed. Don’t feel guilty about stealing a little time for yourself. It is important for your mental health, plus it helps recharge your batteries, so you can bring a warm, calm and fun atmosphere to help everyone enjoy this holiday season.

2. Stay active

Did you know that exercising has many benefits and it’s not only about losing weight? There are many benefits of exercise, such as improved mood, increased sense of wellbeing, reduced risk of disease and depression and reduced stress. Exercise is one of the best ways to make yourself feel good and to help you stay calm. So go to the gym, jog around the park, go hiking or explore new cycling routes on a bike. The extra benefit of staying active over the holidays is keeping you body healthy and avoiding weight gain.

3. Let go of the “musts” and “shoulds”

Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all know these “shoulds” and “musts”. How many times did you say to yourself: I should do this … I should do that …I should know better. “Should” feels bad so stop should-ing all over yourself! Take the pressure off and accept your feelings and thoughts. What you really should do is focus on being happy and enjoying time with your family and friends. Because that matters the most. Even though you have your ups and downs during the Holiday Season, it is still ok to have to have them. Don’t let these little things ruin your precious time and try to let go of the expectations and the desire for things to be perfect. This way you will make your holidays more joyful and peaceful.

Learn more about San Antonio Therapist – Valiant Mental Health

Valiant Mental Health is the only clinic in San Antonio to exclusively provide Empirically Supported Treatments. Dr. Ann Marie Hernandez is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in assessment and intervention in clinical and research settings. She provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, legal requirements, and disability/vocational determinations. Dr. Hernandez has published widely in the areas of suicide, PTSD, and chronic pain.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an anxiety disorder, depression or any other mental issue, there is no need to suffer any longer! Visit our clinic to receive psychological counseling; we will help you keep a clear mind and manage any stress, anxiety, phobias, or other mental or health problems you may be facing. We want to maximize your mental health and help you live a better life. If you would like more information about our San Antonio therapist, do not hesitate to Contact Us.    


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