Help for those who suffer from holiday anxiety

Help for those who suffer from holiday anxiety

WSFA/NBC - Crowds are actually among the top ten fears that people have.

Chief of Psychiatry at Ben Taub and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Asim Shah, says crowd anxiety is common. His first tip to tackle big events - locate the exits when you arrive.

Shah said, "Before you enter or as soon as you enter you can mark down the exits so that if it's getting too bothersome, you need to know where to get out from. You also need to know in those situations that you are not alone."

Shah says bringing a friend can help!

"When they have a group of people who are enjoying, they get less anxious. When they are alone, they get more anxious," said Shah.

Shah also says to focus on the reason you're there. For example, sporting events can be an easy way to focus on something other than the anxiety. Shah warns, however, if you classify your anxiety as severe, start small! as opposed to just jumping onto this mega event and doing those things systemically

Keep in mind, traffic does make it harder to leave quickly. Shah says if you can, try to wait until the crowds are gone. Even though it means that you are staying in that environment longer, it may make it easier for you to have that clear path out.

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