Are you feeling it?
The pressure, I mean.
You know what I’m talking about. Yes, it’s an amazing and magical time of year, but it also brings with it a ton of expectations.
There’s time pressure, gift-giving pressure, social pressure, and even pressure to make it through the holidays with a smile.
If you live in a colder/darker climate, add this: There’s also less sunshine, which can put a real damper on your mood if you’re one of the many people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Plus, some of us feel pressure to make the holidays absolutely perfect for our loved ones, and to recapture the magic we remember from our childhood.
Wow. That’s a lot, right?
A few years ago, Healthline surveyed people about their feelings during the holidays…and 62% said they felt “very or somewhat” stressed during their holidays.
Only 10% reported no stress.