Holiday Stress: What Causes Do You Consider?

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Well, it’s almost November and this means the Holiday Season is now upon us.  This last two months of every year, with the buildup to Thanksgiving, and then the quick transition to Christmas and New Years, is supposed to be time of great joy, family get-togethers, harmony, celebration, partying and good cheer.

Unfortunately, for many people, the Holiday Season can become a time of considerable stress, tension, and family strife.

Here is a list of some common causes of holiday stress that most people easily recognize and often complain about:

  • Increased pressures and demands
  • Added responsibilities
  • Crowds and traffic congestion
  • Negative emotions
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Family tensions
  • Loneliness, separation, divorce
  • Overeating
  • Alcohol and other substance abuse
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Illness
  • Unexpected crises or tragedies

However, these easily identifiable causes are not the whole story.  As I pointed out in two previous posts causes of stress: obvious vs. non-obvious and causes of stress: internal vs. external, the list above mainly captures the external, obvious causes.

Internal, Hidden Causes

There are also many internal, hidden causes of holiday stress that most people fail to take into account.  As I previously pointed out, these internal causes consist of habitual thought patterns and behavior patterns that occur entirely within us.

I also pointed out that these internal causes are not complex, mysterious, nor are they difficult to understand.  You don’t have to be a psychiatrist, psychologist, or any other type of professional to comprehend them.  The problem with these causes of holiday stress (and stress all throughout the year) is that they occur within us.  Thus, they are often hidden from our view and therefore we don’t see them operating.

I also highlighted in a previous post stress mastery vs. stress management, that the secret to mastering any type of stress in your life is to become very good and recognizing and then dealing with these hidden, internal causes.  This is true for holiday stress, and it is also true for every other type of stress we might experience.

Upcoming Posts On Holiday Stress

In a series of posts that will begin with the very next one, I will begin to reveal some of these hidden causes of holiday stress.  As we begin to explore them, one by one, I think you will appreciate they are not just restricted to the holidays.  Many of them are frequent causes of stress all year long.

Here’s a free holiday stress e-book that can help you reduce your stress during the upcoming holiday season.  You can download this PDF file immediately (no email required) by clicking the image below. Enjoy.

Have A Stress Free Holiday Season

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