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The holiday season can be a challenging time for individuals with social anxiety due to numerous social gatherings and events. However, there are various strategies that can be used to manage social anxiety during this time. Planning ahead by deciding which events to attend and who to attend with, and engaging in self-care practices such as exercise and relaxation techniques can help reduce anxiety symptoms. It’s essential to set realistic expectations for the holiday season and remember that it’s okay to decline certain events or gatherings. Practicing gratitude and focusing on positive aspects of the season such as spending time with loved ones can also help to alleviate anxiety. Seeking support from a therapist or a support group can provide additional tools for managing social anxiety during the holiday season. Managing social anxiety during the holidays requires patience, self-compassion, and the willingness to step outside of one’s comfort zone. With the right support and strategies, it’s possible to enjoy the holiday season and make meaningful connections with others.
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