Things That Make Holidays and Vacations Stressful
When we were kids, the holidays were the best part of the year because there are a lot of food, toys, celebration, and family gatherings. But as adults, we learn that it takes a lot of effort and resources to make the last few weeks of the year eventful. Holidays are no longer fun.
According to studies, 80% of adults nowadays find holidays bothersome. However, that should not always be the case if you are mindful of the things that create unnecessary stress.
Trying to do a lot of things at once
Most businesses and offices will not resume usual operations until the New Year’s celebrations are over, that is why most of your work will have to be finished by the second of third week of December. There are a lot of things to think about besides work because you also need to make sure everything goes well. Then there’s the added pressure of celebrating with family and friends because everyone will expect it.
Overindulging in food and drinks
It can be tempting for a lot of people to spend money on food and drinks because it is the “season of giving.” Most people will expect you to be generous about your blessings at this time of the year, and if you say no, they will tell you you’re not enjoying your life properly. It is only later that you realize you put yourself in financial difficulty or with an extra weight because you did not want to be left out.
Spending money of unnecessary things
It is common practice for most societies that celebrate the holidays to distribute gifts to family, friends, and co-workers. And because almost everyone else is doing it, you do not want to be the only person who does not respect tradition. Buying gifts is stressful but most of us wouldn’t admit it. Spending money on gifts causes stress and can lead to financial troubles.
The pressure to socialize
Most people will expect you to spend your holidays with your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will have this opportunity. People who can’t celebrate like others will feel more alone and deserted in what is supposed to be the best time of the year.
However, the opposite can also be true because too much togetherness with family members can also create tension. You probably do not get along well with a relative but you will have to endure their presence for the holidays. Family members will also use the opportunity to remind you of how bad your career is going, why you aren’t married yet, or why can’t you have kids when you are already in your 30s.
Not meeting your expectations
Holidays bring high expectations from everyone. But a lot of things can go wrong trying to meet the idea of what a fun holiday celebration should be. Some people will end up disappointed if the reality of high expenses, sleepless nights, more work piled up, and boring parties hit them.