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14 Gifts I'd Love as a Person With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

As we approach the holiday season, everyone starts asking, “What do you want for Christmas this year?” This is such a loaded question for me. Of course, I think of the material things I want, like a KitchenAid mixer and a few new sweaters, or maybe even a gift card to my favorite restaurant. But if I’m being honest, there are so many other things I want that I cannot even begin to explain to someone.

I have generalized anxiety disorder. The following is a list of those items that would not only make the holiday season, but also the everyday battles I face, a bit easier on me.

My Anxiety Holiday Wish List:

1. Chamomile tea to drink on the couch to calm my body after a long day

2. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils to calm my racing thoughts

3. Ginger ale to calm my nausea when I start to feel panicky

4. A hug to know I am not alone

5. The peace of mind that I am enough

6. The trust in myself to know that no matter how anxious or panicked I feel, I can use my coping skills to help me through

7. Knowledge to recognize that all of these feelings are temporary and ever-changing

8. The comfort of my boyfriend’s unconditional support

9. Strength to tell those negative voices/thoughts in my head that they are wrong and combat them with realistic responses

10. A family that is understanding and supportive

11. Relief from the immense amount of pressure I put on myself to be perfect

12. The ability to be kind and gentle to myself when I am struggling

13. The ability to give myself recognition of the progress I’ve made

Lastly, and mostly I wish for acceptance — acceptance of myself, my anxiety, and the struggles I face every day.

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