Holiday StressTuesday, January 24, 2012 By Brittany Sparks
Have you ever found yourself fighting in a crowded store to purchase a television for half price? Or been stuck at home with twelve other family members, gathered around singing Christmas carols in the hideous sweater your grandmother knitted you last year? Holidays seem to bring out mixed emotions, for most the best, but others the worst. They can amplify feelings of happiness, often making a distraction from depression. Although depression seems to increase in times of cheer and celebration, being able to manage stress during this time seems to be a large task for a lot of people around the world. Fall inevitably leads to the start of an exciting yet stressful holiday season for most people, starting with November and going into the beginning of January, according to the website eHow. The most common causes of stress are doing too much, food, time management and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a widespread problem that tends to occur exclusively in the winter months when days are shortest says Ceri online about the holidays. Savannah Moritzky, an 11th grader, states that saving up money before the holiday season is a way to ease stress. The holidays may heighten your emotions, whether they be joyful or lonesome. “I have noticed the stress as I was growing up”, says Jasmine Mccants, a 9th grader. Many Cane Bay students agree that they don’t feel the stress, but say they can see the burden it puts on their parents as they have grown. When you feel stress coming during the holiday, remember it is only a few days out of the year. Take time to breath and relax, enjoy the time that you have and focus on what is really important in your own life.