The Most Stressful Things About The Holidays

While some of us may not be ready for it, it’s time to face the facts that the holiday season is upon us, and for a lot of people, that translates to a lot of stress. A new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf ofWalgreens finds:

  • Over a quarter of Americans say the last three months of the year are the most stressful.
  • 43% of people expect to be more stressed this year than last year.
  • Women are more likely than men to feel holiday stress (73% vs. 66%).

So, what is everyone so stressed about?

  • Well, the most common thing folks are worried about is their gifts being delivered late (48%), followed by:
    • Safety/health concerns of in-person events and shopping (48%)
    • Traffic when shopping/traveling (43%)
    • Weather conditions while shopping/traveling (42%)
    • Safety/health concerns at family gatherings (40%)
    • Bigger crowds when shopping in-person (39%)
    • Staying within budget (25%)
    • Seeing family/friends for the first time in months (23%)

But there are ways to manage that holiday stress so the season isn’t ruined for you.

  • Ways folks plan to manage their holiday stress this year include:
    • Shop online instead of in person (49%)
    • Shop early for holiday-related food/items (47%)
    • Shop at retailers that offer gift cards or discounts on future purchases (46%)
    • Shop for items that are discounted/on sale (45%)
    • Decorate the house early (37%)
    • Meditate/relax (32%)
    • Exercise (28%)
    • Focus on my personal nutrition and well-being (24%)

Source:SWNS Digital

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