3 Things You Can Do If Halloween Triggers Your Anxiety

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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not particularly a fan of Halloween. 

Not only do I not like horror/spooky/scary things, but having people knocking at my door all night is a huge trigger for my anxiety. 

I actually ran a poll on Instagram earlier today, asking if people loved or hated Halloween, and the result actually surprised me: only a small number of people who responded said they actually like it.

Hand holding up an orange leiaf, with a collection of autumnal trees in the background
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I had quite a few people message me to say people knocking at their door or seeing people in masks can really set off their anxiety, which is one of the main reasons they dread Halloween coming around.

Plus it can be really easy to feel a little left out at this time of year, especially if you’re not interested in going to parties or out drinking. 

Social media can make it seem like you’re the only one who isn’t going out and having a good time, but that isn’t true at all. Just because your idea of fun might not be the same as some other people’s, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween!

Eat some chocolate 

The only perk to Halloween in my eyes is that there are huge boxes of chocolates on offer in pretty much every shop you walk in to. 

Sure, they’re meant to be for giving out to trick or treaters, but not everyone likes to take part in it and that is completely fine! 

Personally, I don’t do trick or treating, my dad called it glorified begging when I was growing up and it’s a mentality that’s stuck with me.

So I take advantage of sweets been on sale to stock up on some of my favourites to munch on throughout the night. 

Read that book you’ve been meaning to for months

This has pretty much become a tradition for me; curl up in my favourite fluffy PJs, make a large cup of hot chocolate, eat some chocolate and read a book that’s been on my To Be Read pile for a while. 

There’s usually quite a few to choose from! 

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This year I’m reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, which is cheating slightly as I’ve technically read it before when it first came out.

But it’s been such a long time and I’ve wanted to re-read it again for a while now, so I’m going to make a start on it tonight. 

If it’s as good as I remember, I’ll probably have finished it by midnight!

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Watch something on Netflix

*Other streaming services are available…*

No matter which you personally use, Halloween is a great excuse to put your favourite tv show or film on, curl up in a warm blanket, and forget the world for a few hours. 

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Not only is it a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, but I tend to turn the volume up a little more than I normally would so that if anyone does knock on the door, it isn’t as loud and sudden as it normally would be. 

It doesn’t stop the anxiety, but it can make it a little more manageable. 

You could also put your headphones in to lessen the noise even more if you think that would be helpful! 

What are your feelings around Halloween? Do you love it or loathe it? Let me know in the comments or drop me a message on social media!

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