Psychological studies indicate 80% of Americans are stressed during the holidays to the point that according to a recent study one in five will inquire about divorce in January. In addition, those with children have higher rates of stress. Stress has a negative influence even on the most loving relationships.
There is “guilt” factor added in the time where it is suppose to be about celebration and joy.
A major cause of stress is drastic change in daily patterns due to over-indulgence; in buying, eating and drinking.
Psychological research indicates that “normal daily routines” and “rituals” are important to our family and health. Rituals are defined as holidays and are important for the family structure.
Why does this occur during the holiday season?
Stress is in all areas of our life, relationships and financial situations are the prime factors. We are conducting our normal life schedule of work and family with the added stress of giving and providing more at the holiday season.
Psychological studies indicate that perfectionism is related more to anxiety than depression. Perfectionism may lead to anxiety due to a fear of failure and the attainment of high standards. At the holidays, we are dealing with normal daily routines coupled with an additional responsibilities and “guilt” of reaching the goals of making the holidays “perfect” for our family and friends.