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Struggling to Feel Truly Joyful During the Christmas Season

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

Christmas is celebrated for its warmth, joy, and the spirit of togetherness, however, it's important to acknowledge that amidst the festive cheer, it's entirely natural to experience feelings of apprehension and anxiety. The holiday season, with its focus on family gatherings, gift exchanges, and preparations, can sometimes lead to overwhelming thoughts and emotions.

Family gatherings

Reuniting with family members during the holidays can be deeply rewarding, especially with those we seldom see due to the hustle and bustle of daily life. Yet, it can also bring its share of challenges. Being surrounded by a larger group of people than you're accustomed to, and having to engage in prolonged socialising, can be both exciting and stressful. It's perfectly normal to feel this way. For some, finding common ground with family members can be a challenge. Perhaps you share too many similarities, or you're quite different, which can sometimes lead to conflicts.

Gift sharing

Christmas is the season of giving, but this act of generosity can be a source of stress, both psychologically and financially. While the essence of Christmas revolves around giving, many people find the process of giving and receiving gifts to be a source of anxiety, especially when expectations about gift-giving remain unspoken. The worries about whether you've chosen the perfect gift, matched the value of others' gifts, or if your presents will be enjoyed, can be particularly overwhelming. Additionally, the pressure of finding enough time to purchase and wrap all your gifts can compound the stress.


As delightful as the Christmas season is, it doesn't come without a fair share of hard work and planning. December can feel like a whirlwind of endless to-do lists, increasing individual tension, and fatigue. Decorating, gift wrapping, cooking, shopping, and a myriad of other tasks can dampen the festive spirit.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's essential to prioritise self-care and manage the feelings of overwhelm. Think about treating yourself and try a mental massage at Angela Cain Clinical Hypnotherapy. With a 45 minute session, you will leave feeling nourished and relaxed with your thoughts controlled and managed along with the feeling that your Christmas struggles have been lifted like a weight off your shoulders.

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