With the holidays upon us, here are a few rules of thumb that can help consumers avoid buying gifts that may poison a loved one this holiday season.
It's the most wonderful time of the year… except when it's the absolute worst. Unrealistic expectations, awkward family dinners and the stress of checking off that long gift list can grind down even the most cheerful among us.
This is our third pandemic holiday season, so a lot of us are really tired of taking precautions and the mental gymnastics they require.
Exercise can be a key way to combat the stress of the season. And it can take whatever shape and form you prefer.
Think of the holidays as a time when good manners pay off: Tear open a package containing a brown macramé poinsettia and have the grace to say, "Thank you."
For advice on taking the stress out of the holidays, I checked in with Marcia Ramsland, a San Diego personal organizer and writer of several organizing books, including the new book “Simplify Your Holidays: A Classic Christmas Planner to Use Year After Year” (Thomas Nelson, 2008). Ideally, your simplification efforts should start at the beginning of the holiday season, she said, but there are still ways to de-stress at the last minute. Here’s her advice.
Most people will roll their eyes when I say this, but I try to get all my shopping done before Thanksgiving, except for small gifts like stocking stuffers. I managed to do this last year and was amazed at how I got to enjoy the holiday season without stressing about how I was going to fit shopping time in around work.
The question is…how do you avoid packing on the pounds while still eating, drinking, and being all kinds of merry? There has to be a way, right? There is, and certain very fit celebrities are sharing their secrets with us.
Even though songs such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells" can make the winter holiday season seem like a time for pervasive cheer and mirth, in actuality, holidays can bring stress, depression and anxiety, which in turn can lead to physical problems such as weight gain and Holiday Heart Syndrome.
Even though the holidays are supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year," we all know that's a joke because it's actually the most stressful time of the year.
So, how do we deal with this (self-imposed) stress? How do we get through the holidays without needing a January stint in rehab, or developing an eye twitch, or chewing every fingernail down to the quick?
Stressed out by the holidays but don't have time for a professional massage? Try these do-anywhere, self-healing moves from a celebrity massage therapist.
The holidays also seem to exacerbate family issues and conflicts, high expectations (having the perfect tree, dinner and decorations), excessive eating, and financial concerns arising from unreasonable spending on gifts. And of course there’s the holiday noise and bustle in stores and malls that can irritate even the calmest shopper.
It's not just wrong to say suicides are more common during the holidays. It's dangerous.
In 2019, gig workers across the United States suffered a series of changes to their pay algorithm that have left many scrambling to pay for food and utilities, and seeking assistance from charities over the holidays.
The pleasure you feel from every shopping victory is real. Shopping, like any new or exciting experience, activates the brain’s reward center, triggering the release of dopamine. That’s the same brain chemical released by drug use, gambling and other addictive behaviors.
Cold weather may not be to blame, a creative New Zealand study suggests.
You may have heard people, companies or advertisers talk about the “holiday season”. For example, “are you going home this holiday season?” or “Save money this holiday season with a discount card from our store!”
If so, you might be wondering exactly what “holiday season” means. Don’t people take vacations all year round? And aren’t there public holidays at different times during the year?
The answer to both these questions is yes, but “holiday season” is a North American term that refers to the period of time from Thanksgiving until the New Year. This covers many of the most important holidays in American culture, when most people in the USA and Canada are likely to travel back to their home town or take time off to spend time with their family.
Winter and especially the holidays are the time when heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems spike, doctors say. More cardiac deaths happen on Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 than on any other days of the year, research has shown.
For some people, the holidays really are "the most wonderful time of the year," but for others they're anything but. Stressors can include anxiety about travel or pressure to drink. Thankfully, it's become more acceptable to talk about these challenges during the holidays and throughout the year. Activists, celebrities, and everyday people are increasingly sharing their struggles, which has reduced the stigma surrounding mental health.
As families gather for the holidays, fretting about food, finances, gift giving, politics, and more, I urge them to ask everyone around the holiday table — middle-aged, old, young at heart, and everywhere in between — the following questions. (They’re the same ones I ask my patients who find themselves at various stages in the trajectory of life-limiting illnesses, bringing into razor-sharp focus what matters in the time they have left.)
Every year, there are always people who don't look forward to the holiday season. Some have difficult relationships with their family members, some are feeling lonely and isolated, some are financially strapped and embarrassed that they can't afford presents for their extended family.
Why aren’t we happier during the holidays? Perhaps because we set unrealistic expectations. We focus so much on creating holiday magic, but the season’s enjoyment is perhaps best found by limiting the number of daily aggravations we face.
Holiday traditions are the fabric that binds a society together. Holidays promote a sense of identity, brotherly love and good cheer as people join together in mutual celebration. The upcoming holiday season is a time period that truly represents these timeless concepts. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Kwanzaa – holidays that are celebrated in close proximity to one another – all resonate in the hearts and homes of countless revelers.
Of course, this is not to say that everyone is happy on the holidays or that we are as happy as we could be, but holiday misery is the exception rather than the rule. Why is this the case?
It’s no secret that the holidays are stressful.
Are the holidays the season of excitement or a time for anxiety and frustration? Here are expert tips to get you past the stress and into the festive spirit.
For most children, the holidays are happy, fun and exciting times. There’s a break from school and a chance to see friends and relatives. There may also be special food, music and family traditions. However, for some children, the holidays can also be stressful and confusing. Family plans and celebrations may be complicated by divorce, separation or remarriage. The holidays can also be a difficult time for children who have lost a parent, sibling or close relative.
The holidays can be a uniquely misery-inducing time for some people — Noah Levine says that the Judeo-Christian holiday season is tantamount to a “Buddhist recruitment drive” — so I thought I’d examine why people become particularly miserable, how that misery is avoidable, and how to sow the seeds for a happy new year.
For some, the holidays are met with excitement and fond memories. For others, the final few months of the year are fraught with anxiety, depression, and stress. Where do you fit in? If you are hoping to make this holiday season a happy one, following are tips for alleviating anxiety and increasing joy.
The most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful. One in four people say they have taken on more than they can handle during the holidays, according to a recent survey...
Workplace stress has a way of escalating during the holidays. Sure, there are the obvious antidotes like planing ahead, taking a few days off from work, limiting holiday workplace functions etc.