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The Holiday Blues
The holiday blues are a real phenomenon, but they are likely to have different effects than you might think. While the data are limited, there is some evidence about the causes and consequences of the holiday blues.
One survey by the American Psychological Association uncovered some interesting data about the holiday blues:
- While the majority of people in the survey reported feelings of happiness, love, and high spirits over the holidays, those emotions were often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating, and sadness.
- Thirty-eight percent of people surveyed said their stress level increased during the holiday season. Participants listed the top stressors: lack of time, lack of money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings.
- Surprisingly, 56 percent of respondents reported they experienced the most amount of stress at work. Only 29 percent experienced greater amounts of stress at home.
Another poll of more than 1,000 adults by the Principal Financial Group — a global investment company — found that 53 percent of people experience financial stress due to holiday spending, despite the fact more than half set budgets for their holiday spending.
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Excerpts from Psychology Today Online December 7, 2018 were used