Holiday Stress Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, but with all the shopping, decorating and hectic schedules, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming and for some dangerous!

Some even suggest an increase in heart attack deaths around the holidays.

Places to go and people to see that’s part of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

“Christmas is really important to us so we really want to make an impression and live up to everybody's expectations,” Lenora Campbell Certified Nurse Practitioner said.

Stress can be hazardous to our health.

Doctors report an increase in anxiety, fatigue, chest pains and some more dangerous ailments time of year.

“We've had an increase in chest pain and a few actual MI's or heart attacks that came in,” Campbell said.

One study by The American Heart Association shows an increase in heart disease related deaths through December, which peaks on New Years Day.

Stress seems to be the leading factor for the rise in heart conditions, but Campbell says the warning sings may be difficult to recognize, “Trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, not being able to focus on what you're doing, just getting overwhelmed, that feeling of just too many things to do, I don't know what I'm going to do next,” Campbell said.

Campbell suggests taking time for yourself, limiting holiday activities to those that are important, and being careful to not spread yourself too thin. Even with only a few days before Christmas, some are already following that good advice

Campbell's best advice is to stay grounded and focus on what's really important

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