Are These the Ten Most Stressful Things About the Holidays?

A survey this week found over a quarter of us haven’t started our Christmas shopping yet.  Here’s why you might be avoiding it:  Another survey just found that shopping is the MOST stressful part of the holidays.  Here are the top ten . . .

1.  Shopping for gifts.  37% ranked it as one of the most stressful aspects of the holidays.

2.  Traveling and visiting family.

3.  Extra cooking.

4.  Receiving gifts.  So GETTING presents stresses a lot of us out?

5.  Dealing with crowds and long lines.

6.  Other shopping-related stressors.

7.  Attending parties and social events.

8.  Family politics.

9.  Fitting in extra work.  Especially if you work at a store, or in the service industry.

10.  Hosting friends and family.

In general, 69% of people in the survey admitted they sometimes turn to “unhealthy” coping mechanisms to deal with stress, like junk food and alcohol.  And the average person spends $960 a year just trying to de-stress.


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