Financial Pilgrimage

The Holidays Are Stressful: These Numbers Show Us How Much

To see how Americans feel about the impending holiday season and its obligations, a recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans provides insight into topics related to holiday stress.

The top reason for holiday stress is the cost of paying for gifts, with nearly two-thirds (64%) admitting to feeling stress during the holidays.

Other reasons for holiday stress include spending time with family, seasonal depression, not having enough time for self-care, and spending time with friends.

More than half (58%) of people have trouble setting boundaries around the holidays, which can increase stress.

74% of women versus 53% of men admitted to getting stressed around Thanksgiving and Christmas. 62% of women surveyed admitted to struggling with financial stress around the holidays, compared to 42% of men.

We may not be able to eliminate stress around the holidays completely. All stress doesn’t have to be a bad thing, either. The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate all stress but to find opportunities to reduce it. 

At the end of the day, the holidays should be a joyous time of year when we get the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Don’t let stress get in the way of making great memories.

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