Not everyone looks forward to a rollicking Christmas social scene. For people dealing with anxiety, hosting a holiday party can turn Yuletide fellowship into a stress-inducing ordeal. But don’t worry: you can still enjoy the company of your near and dear ones without sweating out what should be a joyous occasion.
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Relieve the pressure
If you’re hosting a holiday party, finding ways to share the load can go a long way toward relieving anxiety. You can also make everyone feel welcome no matter their religious beliefs or dietary needs.
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Set realistic expectations
It’s easy to put a lot of stress on yourself as a host by trying to plan the perfect party. The problem is that if you stress over every little detail, you’re setting yourself up to fail. Put yourself on the path to success by having timelines and checklists for what you need to accomplish. Once you see your tasks in black and white, it will be easier to adjust your expectations.
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Cut yourself some slack
Planning a holiday party can be time-consuming, demanding work, so take time out for yourself. It’s important to recharge your batteries so you don’t get overwhelmed. Remember, this is supposed to be fun: you need to slow down and enjoy yourself along the way.
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The holidays should be a time for appreciating what we have and enjoying the people who mean the most to us. If you struggle with anxiety, it can be easy to lose sight of all that. As you prepare for your holiday party, think of it as a celebration that each of your guests has a stake in, not just you.