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7 Causes of Holiday Anxiety

7 Causes of Holiday Anxiety

Knowing the causes of holiday anxiety can help you deal with them. Here are seven holiday anxiety causes that might make your anxiety soar during the holidays.

The day the calendar turns to November, and often well before that, many people begin to experience holiday anxiety. There are legitimate, and numerous, reasons for this. The seven causes of holiday anxiety discussed below are common. They can cause anxiety in people who don’t have anxiety disorders, and they can magnify existing anxiety disorders to such a degree that they cause people to question their sanity. Understanding the causes of holiday anxiety can reduce your anxiety and allow you to actually enjoy yourself this holiday season.

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When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show

When Performance Anxiety Steals the Show

Performance anxiety is stealing my dream of being a professional singer. I studied singing in college, but performance anxiety wreaked havoc on any performance.

Performance anxiety may prevent me from living my dream of singing professionally. Since junior high school, choir teachers and audience members commented on my anxious stage presence. I loved to sing with other people in unison or harmony, but when it came to solos, I was a nervous wreck. I was the recipient of the “Every Which Way but Loose” award in high school choir because onstage, I simply couldn’t relax and enjoy performing. Performance anxiety was front and center at every concert, and it often stole my spotlight.

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Stay Grounded: No More Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex

Stay Grounded: No More Superwoman Syndrome, Superman Complex

How do you stay grounded when the Superman complex and Superwoman syndrome make anxiety soar? Super anxiety needs a super response--here are four that work.

How do you stay grounded when the superwoman syndrome or the superman complex make your anxiety soar? It’s hard to feel calm and live anxiety-free when you pressure yourself to be perfect in every way, in every situation. Living with the superwoman syndrome or a superman complex can make you feel high-strung yet utterly exhausted. It can cause multiple symptom-types of anxiety: physical, cognitive (thought-based), and emotional. If you feel you have to be Superman or Superwoman, you may find that the idea of letting go actually increases—not decreases—anxiety. That’s okay. Getting rid of this kind of anxiety is a process. Read on for tips on how to stay grounded to get rid of the superman complex or superwoman syndrome. 

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Superwoman Syndrome and Superman Complex Make Anxiety Soar

Superwoman Syndrome and Superman Complex Make Anxiety Soar

The Superwoman Syndrome or Superman Complex cause anxiety. You can reduce anxiety by checking these symptoms to find out if you're trying to be superhuman.

Do you expect yourself to be Superman or Superwoman, a person with powers so great that you can do it all with no side effects like anxiety? If you are, you’re not alone. This pressure to do it all, be everyone to everything, is common enough to have terms attached to them: Superman complex or the Superwoman syndrome. Feeling pressured to live your life in a superhuman way can and does contribute to anxiety. You can use your very human powers to fight the Superwoman syndrome or Superman complex and decrease anxiety. 

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What Causes Anxiety? 10 Reasons Why You Are So Anxious

What Causes Anxiety? 10 Reasons Why You Are So Anxious

What causes anxiety? Why am I anxious? Those common questions led to researchers identifying ten possible causes of anxiety. Learn what causes anxiety here.

What causes my anxiety? Why am I so anxious? As if anxiety itself weren’t bad enough, not knowing what causes anxiety can make matters even worse. It’s natural to want to know just what is making you feel the worry and fear of generalized anxiety disorder, the dread of people and social situations of social anxiety disorder, the unease of separation anxiety disorder, the frights of phobias, or the death-grip of panic disorder/panic attacks. Knowing what causes any type of anxiety can be an important part of the puzzle and can help you move forward. 

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Why Hearing ‘Just Get Over It’ Doesn’t Help Anxiety

Why Hearing ‘Just Get Over It’ Doesn’t Help Anxiety

Being told to just get over anxiety doesn't help anxiety. Learn why as well as some strategies for dealing with being told to just get over anxiety.

If you live with anxiety, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard a well-meaning family member or friend tell you, “Just get over it,” “Just get over anxiety.” If it were that easy, no one would have anxiety because we’d all get over it and move on (‘Get Over It’ Is Unhelpful Advice for Mental Illness Sufferers). Unfortunately, the idea of just getting over it doesn’t help anxiety, and being told to do so can make it worse. Why doesn’t hearing “Just get over it,” fail to help anxiety? What can you do about it?

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Hate Talking on the Phone? Phone Anxiety Facts

Hate Talking on the Phone? Phone Anxiety Facts

It's common to hate talking on the phone and have phone anxiety, a form of social anxiety. What causes phone anxiety and how can we deal with it and move on?

Do you hate the phone (or, more specifically, talking on the phone) or experience phone anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. I loathe talking on the phone, and I’m always surprised by the people I encounter who confess the same thing. Aversion to the phone exists on a spectrum, ranging from a simple dislike to a much more complex reaction involving full-blown anxiety, with all of its physical and emotional symptoms. Continue reading to learn some facts about phone anxiety as well as ways to deal with hating talking on the phone. 

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How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

How to Stay Calm, Anxiety-Free, in a Crisis

It's possible to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis, even though crises increase anxiety. Read to learn how to stay calm and anxiety-free in a crisis.

When dealing with a crisis, it can be difficult to stay calm and anxiety-free. After all, “crisis” implies catastrophe, disaster, and sometimes even near-Armageddon. In reality, a crisis can be of any size or nature and is something that causes distress to those involved. Facing any type of crisis can create new anxiety where none existed before, and it can aggravate existing anxiety and anxiety disorders. While it’s natural to experience heightened anxiety during a crisis, it’s not a rule. You can stay calm and anxiety free in a crisis. Here’s how to do it. 

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Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

Work Around the Negativity Bias to Ease Anxiety

The brain's negativity bias will cause anxiety left to its own devices. Learn about the negativity bias and some tips for getting around it to lower anxiety.

The human brain has a negativity bias, and it is partially because of this negatively skewed view of our world that we experience anxiety. Studies have shown that the brain notices the negative more quickly and more frequently than it notices the positive.1 Not only that, it reacts much more strongly to negative stimuli than to positive. When our brain automatically, on its own, gravitates toward the negative and focuses its attention there, we feel stressed and anxious. Are we doomed to anxiety because of the negativity bias?

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Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

Shedding Light on Anxiety and Sunlight

There is a relationship between anxiety and sunlight. Learn how anxiety and sunlight relate and how you can harness sunlight's power to reduce anxiety.Researchers are beginning to shed light on the relationship between anxiety and sunlight, and it’s becoming evident that the sun is linked to anxiety and possibly even panic disorder. The connection between sunlight and depression has long been established (Relationship Between Depression and Anxiety). The inclusion of anxiety and sunlight in this mix is a development that just might illuminate more strategies to reduce anxiety. 

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