There are only 21 shopping days until Christmas, and that can stress a lot of people out. However, there could be more behind the holiday blues.
While the holidays can be a lot of fun, it’s a very stressful time of year for many people. Worries include having enough money for Christmas gifts, or having time off work to begin with. Being sad over lost loved ones also tends to be higher during the holiday season.
Any one of those issues can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Professionals say it may help to change your own perception of what the holidays actually mean. “It’s a season of giving and i think the healthiest people will be the best gift givers,” said Paul Bellotte, Director of the Wheeling Jesuit University Counseling Center.
Bellotte added many people feel they need to spend a great deal of money to show their love for someone, when he says, a simple ‘I love you’ is enough.
Holiday travel can also cause anxiety, and officials offer a number of tips to reduce stress and stay at ease. Booking flights early and planning ahead will help alleviate last-minute stress. It also allows for cheaper deals and more flexible schedules.
Leaving early and allowing extra time to get to a destination is also always a good idea. But even if travelers leave early, they should be mentally prepared if they are delayed or re-routed. This, doctors said, will help the traveler take charge, minimize stress and figure out a ‘plan B.’