The major holidays fall during the cold months of the year. We
get shorter days. It is cold. There is less daylight. Some people
may experience tiredness, sadness, or
seasonal affective disorder. Others love the winter and cannot
get enough of it.
Regardless of whether we can't wait for spring or we're snow
lovers, many people experience a certain level of stress as we
physically and mentally adjust to the changing weather and as we
prepare for and celebrate the holidays. The stress of our workdays
mixes with the stress of gift searching. The stress of spending
time with certain family members mixes with our worry of gaining
weight from all of the holiday treats.
Stress can be defined as the brain's response to any
demand. Although we are mostly equipped to deal with daily
life obstacles, when stress becomes "us" and we are in a state of
emergency mode for too long, it may harm us. And this can indeed
happen during the holidays.
Let's take a look at some of the areas in which stress may
affect our health.
Heart health- Stress can be linked to increased heart rate and
blood flow. When stress is constant, it may
increase blood pressure and may damage artery walls.
Stress is the most common headache trigger. Your whole body
reacts to a headache. You may grind your teeth or stiffen your
shoulders and back in response to stress. And having a headache may
increase your stress level, so it can be a cycle that continuously
Gastrointestinal problems- Our excitement of munching on holiday
meals may be halted by stress, as it is a common factor in
gastrointestinal conditions (such as heart burn or irritable bowel
But before you get too stressed out about being stressed out,
take a deep breath and know that there is a variety of resources to
help you navigate the holidays (and really any other time of the
Online resources provide tips on quick stress relief (for
example, you can listen to a favorite piece of music or play with a
pet) as well as long-term strategies on making your life
Enjoy the holidays, but keep an eye on your stress level. It
will be good for you.