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Giving gifts can create anxiety or anxious feelings with people we love

The Anxiety Found in Gift-Giving

I’ve never liked opening presents. Well, maybe as a child before I’d developed awareness of other people watching for my reaction and the sight of a wrapped present with my name on it gave me the equivalent of a sugar high. But now I can’t stand it. Trying to find presents for other people stresses me out. Giving the gift stresses me out. Getting gifts stresses me out. I worry about every step of the process, which totally contradicts the point of it all. But I worry the person won’t like what I got them, that they’ll pretend they love it but already own it, that it won’t fit, that it’ll reflect how little I actually know them. I worry that when I open a present that my reaction won’t seem genuine, that I’ll seem ungrateful. that it won’t fit right, that I won’t actually like it etc etc. If you’re a naturally anxious person and are struggling with gift-giving this holiday season, just remember this: it’s the thought that counts. It’s such a friggin’ …