Dealing with holiday stress

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – While many look forward to the holiday season all year, some find this time to be very stressful.

Doctors say stress increases for many during the holidays, and the heart attack rate peaks. This is associated with increased excitement, sleep deprivation, money spending, work deadlines, and even worrying about gift giving.

Depression also increases, especially for those who lost a loved one over the year, are experiencing family conflict, or are having financial stress.

Psychologists say the best way to avoid stress is to step back, relax, and not give in.

“Don’t be a part of the stressful events that goes on like the commercialization, the advertisement, the television,” said Dr. Leon Johnson, a Psychotherapist. “They’re advertising different sales and sort of thing. Just take a step back and relax and say is it important to me, does it really mean as much?”

Dr. Johnson says get rest, keep a healthy perspective, and although it might sound cliché, don’t sweat the small stuff, which many say they need to be reminded of during the hectic holiday season.

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