As much as we love this season of holidays, it is a period of abnormal stress for most Americans. According to the American Psychological Association, although this is the time of year people report most feelings of happiness, as many as 69% of people are stressed by a “lack of time and the pressure to give or get gifts.”
Divorce filings are higher in January than for any other month, and at least 53% of middle-class folks report major financial stress in December and January.
Enjoying the season is more likely if you clarify your expectations, spend time to prepare, ask for help, and practice self-compassion.
This guide is intended to outline a few ways you can achieve a less-stressed holiday season.