As an introvert at heart, the holidays have always been a time of major stress for me. The gathering of family members you haven't seen in months or even years can be quite daunting for someone who enjoys their alone time.
Introverts typically thrive from being alone, whereas extroverts thrive from being with others. As you can guess, this is why holidays are full of uneasiness and increasing anxiety.
Seeing that family gatherings over the holidays are always going to be a part of my life, I have learned how to manage the anxiety and stress that comes with them.