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Managing Anxiety During Christmas

As the winter holiday season approaches, I’d like to highlight how hypnotherapy can help clients. Especially those who might be anticipating a less than happy Christmas or holiday season.

Anxiety and depression are on the increase in the UK, with more than 12 million people going to see their GP with some form of mental health issue each year and many more struggling on without any form of help. For some people, the Festive Season exacerbates their existing symptoms, and for others, anxiety and depression are quite specific to this time of year, approaching it with dread rather than excitement.

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Everyone else seems to be getting ready for a merry time with their loved ones. For some people this time of year only worsens their feelings of isolation, depression and loneliness. For others, the struggle to cope with the pressures associated with having a great time, managing finances, family and all of the associated stressors creates a tremendous feeling of anxiety.

What sorts of things cause this “Christmas Holiday Stress/ Anxiety/ Depression”? Well, it depends. These feelings are all individual, and of course, what makes one person sad, anxious or depressed may not affect another person at all.

Typical sources of christmas holiday stress can include trying to balance all the demands of family with shopping and the social engagements, unrealistic expectations, financial worries and sometimes bereavement – this can be a very difficult time of year. Sometimes the pressure of being with people (often family) that you would not choose to be with can lead to relationship tension.


There has been a lot of talk in recent times of environmental factors too, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is now recognised and varieties of light boxes are available for people recreate the natural daylight.

This time of year is not a great time for those who feel depressed or anxious. Symptoms can range from increased headaches, excessive drinking, comfort eating, insomnia, trouble concentrating, to mood swings, fatigue, tearfulness – while everyone around seems so happy, this can exacerbate these feelings .

So what help is there?

Hypnotherapy can help by assisting people to overcome negative thinking styles while in a safe, supportive environment. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) uses practical, modern and well-researched strategies. I help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period.

SFH therapists look at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change. The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. This enables the client to identify possible solutions themselves and work towards them. Hypnosis itself reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through relaxation and visualization. I allow the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective.

I’m a member of the NCH. “I have been able to help so many clients deal with holiday sadness, depression and anxiety. It is such a powerful and truly positive technique. I am able to work with what the client wants to happen, rather than focus on the past and negatives. It’s great to know that I can work with people to proactively help them have a happier Festive period.”