Are you feeling it?
The pressure, I mean.
You know what I’m talking about. Yes, it’s an amazing and magical time of year, but it also brings with it a ton of expectations.
There’s time pressure, gift-giving pressure, social pressure, and even pressure to make it through the holidays with a smile.
There’s also less sunshine, which can put a real damper on your mood if you’re one of the many people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Plus, some of us feel pressure to make the holidays absolutely perfect for our loved ones, and to recapture the magic we remember from our childhood.
Wow. That’s a lot, right?
A few years ago, Healthline surveyed people about their feelings during the holidays…
and 62% said they felt “very or somewhat” stressed during their holidays.
Only 10% reported no stress.
Researchers found that people reported they were more likely to “behave in sedentary ways like watching TV, sleeping, eating and drinking to manage their stress. Many individuals engage in comfort eating and other unhealthy behaviors to cope with their stress levels.”
Well, I’ve got some other ideas to help turn your mood around – try not take them as added pressure, but as ways to blow off some steam (or avoid the steam altogether)!
An important note: there’s a difference between stressed and feeling true anxiety and depression.
If you’re feeling truly distressed, be sure to check in with your doc. There’s no need to handle all of that by yourself.
We are all in this together.