How to make the most of a challenging holiday season

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The holiday season is full of expectations. There are decorations to put up, presents to buy, and events to attend. If you or someone you care about struggles with panic attacks or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the whole season can be hard. There’s pressure to put on a smiling face, even if that’s not how you feel inside. You might just feel like skipping it all. Here are some ways to find a balance.

Take care of yourself. That means being honest about how much you can really do this holiday season. It’s OK to set limits that help you care for your mental health. Choose which celebrations are most meaningful for you and skip those that aren’t.

Try to stay in the moment. Sometimes worrying about the future—the party this weekend, the housework piling up, the project at work—can create a spiral of anxiety. You may have to face those challenges when the time comes, but until then try to set them aside and focus on the here and now.

Take breaks for yourself. With or without panic attacks or PTSD symptoms, taking some time to be alone can help you to recharge.

Give the gift of relief. Help is out there. Freespira is an FDA-cleared treatment that can relieve panic attacks and symptoms of PTSD in just 28 days.

With Freespira, there is:

  • No medication
  • No waiting lists
  • No need to see a doctor or therapist to get started

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