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When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind first? Spending time with family? Decorating the house with the kids? Or… is it stress? Does planning for Christmas and the December holidays stress you out?
Holiday Stress Statistics
In a recent article published by allonehealth.com, “Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a ‘lack of time,’ 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a ‘lack of money,’ and 51 percent are stressed out about the ‘pressure to give or get gifts.’”
In the age of the internet, the holiday stress starts long before Thanksgiving. Now, we’re looking at packed calendars and miles-long to-do lists that run from October to New Year’s on top of sport and other extra curriculars that pack the schedule.
Stress Inducing Moments and How to Handle Them
Just thinking about December might be enough to induce a panic attack, but you can handle it. Personally, crowded malls, aggressive shoppers, and excessive traffic. You might not be able to change things, but you can definitely deal with them differently. Here’s a quick list of things that stress us out during the holidays, and how to deal.
1. Long Lines at the Mall
Personally, I’ve been shopping online for years. I love the ability to compare prices, avoid lines, and not have to worry about the store's stock. I know some people don't like to shop Amazon, but in this day and age you can shop pretty much all of your favorite stores online so it's not a bit deal.
2. Waiting Forever to See Santa
3. Elf on the Shelf
4. Your Drained Bank Account
If the holidays leave you financially strapped, why not do things differently this year. Be honest about your gift expectations when making holiday plans with family and friends. You can have a “no gifts” policy at the office, kids-only gift-giving at the yearly Christmas party with family, or do a $10 and under grab bag to keep things thrifty.
These are just a few of the many reasons we tend to stress ourselves out during the holidays. This year, you have our permission to take a stand against holiday stress! Get back to making holidays the time of peace, joy and togetherness that they were meant to be.
How do you deal with holiday stress?
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