The holidays are such a beautiful time of year, but they sure can be a time of high anxiety too. I always wanted it all to be perfect, so I did everything myself. I took care of the shopping, mailing presents, cooking, writing cards, cleaning the house and party planning. I did it all while working full time too. What happened was each holiday became more stressful each year, until one December I discovered I was miserable. My perfect holiday was making me miserable.
I realized I had an anxiety problem when I was at the mall racing around and suddenly lost my ability to concentrate. I had no idea what I needed to do next. There were other signs in my life throughout the year, but this was an epiphany for me. I had to sit on a bench in the middle of the mall with all my packages and try to get reoriented. I was sweating and panting and trying to get a grip. Yes, I was having a holiday panic attack. So if you feel this level of anxiety during the holidays, you too probably need to deal with your propensity to try and “do it all”.