Best Tools to Manage Anxiety This Holiday Season

Take control of the holidays; don’t let the holidays become a dreadful time


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population every year. They are also highly treatable, yet only 36.9 percent of those suffering receive treatment, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.[slideshow:102890]

Steering clear from stress is almost impossible in today’s high-pressure society, even more so during the holidays. Before resorting to prescription drugs, you may want to give a few simple tricks and natural remedies a try.

These complex emotional conditions develop from a multifaceted set of risk factors including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. While you can’t do anything about genetics, you can control the other factors and prevent the stress that can descend during the holidays.

Know how to recognize the usual triggers, money issues and personal demands, so you can fight them before they lead to a breakdown.

Click here to see 15 of the most effective ways to manage anxiety

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