It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. It still is but in reality, more and more people suffer stress during the holidays they can barely enjoy the festivities. Sadly, a lot of people get caught up in the madness that they forget to enjoy the little things that make the season one of the best times of the year.
Here are three possible causes why Americans get so much pressure during Christmastime.
All that shopping
According to surveys, some 51 percent of Americans suffer stress because of the pressure to get gifts or give one. They say it is better to give than to receive, but if you feel constant pressure because of either lack of time or money to give presents, it defeats the purpose.
You can remedy this by opting to create DIY presents. Handmade presents, as simple as they may seem, are often more valuable because they are one of a kind. But if lack of time is your problem, you can shop online to avoid the holiday madness at the department stores or buy ahead and wrap them early.
All the decorating
Time to bring out the holiday decors. Sometimes, the mere sight of taking out all the holiday decors can cause a lot of stress for some people, especially the competitive ones who want to go all out all the time.
What’s good to know is that there are teams who do residential Christmas light installation, so you don’t have to do the backbreaking work. You can put your vision to life or collaborate with the company for an amazing lights display in your own home.
All the cooking
Do you know that cooking, particularly cooking that is left unattended is the top cause of home fires during the holidays? Yikes. But most of the stress related to cooking comes from the sheer desire to come up with a holiday feast that is one for the ages.
Be smart about this. What’s good is a holiday feast if you’re too tired to eat? Rather, turn it into a potluck and delegate the dishes amongst your family.
Remember that part of the reason people are so happy during the holidays is the many festivities that come with Christmastime. But if you are too tired to enjoy them, what good is that? So be smart about holiday activities and learn how to avoid and manage holiday stress.