Holiday Season Brings Along Added Stress

By: Stephanie Beecken
By: Stephanie Beecken

The song says "it's the most wonderful time of the year."

But for many, the holidays can also be the most stressful.

Stephanie Beecken has ways you can help make the holidays stress-free.

"You want to find the perfect gift and money wise it's hard especially for me being a single parent. It's hard to buy that perfect gift because everything is so expensive so definitely it will put a stress on you," explained Linda Cleary.

Linda Cleary is not alone when it comes to feeling stressed-out during the holidays.

"Sometimes I get stressed having to get gifts, and the whole Santa Claus, and spending time with family. I divide my time between work and shopping and everything," said Crystal Potter.

The closer it gets to Christmas, the stress begins to take a toll.

"I get tired, I get tired," added another holiday shopper.

"It makes me tired, it gives me anxiety," explained Cleary.

Alfreda Gee, a clinical social worker, says fatigue and anxiety are just a few of the symptoms.

"People also find that they are having trouble sleeping they may wake up in the night too much they may have problems going to sleep a lot of people talk about their mind racing and not being able to calm down and relax," stated Gee.

Experts say the holidays and everything that comes with the holidays can be very stressful, but they also say there are ways to cope.

"Try to still work out or exercise try to make time for relaxation, continue to get as much rest as you need. Same old things of eating well and limiting alcohol use," added Gee.

Something Cystal Potter says she tries to do.

"I just kind of schedule my time around work and family and everything else and if it doesn't get done, I kind of breeze through that way," said Potter.

But for some people the stress may be too much to handle alone.

"They are not able to make their lives work each day they are not allowed to do the things that need to be done they might want to consider talking with a professional," stated Gee.

Another tip: learn to say no--you don't have to go to every holiday event.

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