Christmas is a fun time of year for most people, but it can also be stressful.
Ask yourself the following questions. Did your family stress you out during the holiday? Did you over eat during the holiday? Did you spend too much money Christmas shopping?
According to Elizabeth Scott M.S., welcome to the holiday season -- that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving, and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year.
While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of holiday stress for many. In fact, according to a poll conducted on this site, more than 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful -- that ranks navigating the holidays right up there with asking for a raise! What is it that has us all so hot and bothered?
What Causes Holiday Stress?
• Doing Too Much
All things in moderation, as the saying goes. The problem with the holiday season is that we often experience too much of a good thing. While stress itself is necessary for our survival and zest for life (researchers call this positive type of stress "eustress"), too much stress has a negative impact on our health, both mental and physical. Too many activities, even if they are fun activities, can culminate in too much holiday stress and leave us feeling frazzled, rather than fulfilled read Elizabeth Scott's entire article
If you are feeling stressed, depressed or suicidal contact a mental health agency in your area immediately.
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