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Holiday hustle and bustle could bring added stress

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just behind us we are now in the middle of the holiday season, but for many the holidays mean extra stress.

Decorations, twinkling lights and presents under the tree--you know what time of year it is--but for many the holiday season delivers more than gifts.

"Long lines, that's a little bit stressful," said holiday shopper Wayne Rudder.

"I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything done for the holidays," said holiday shopper Amber James.

Making sure you have everything to make the holidays perfect means stressing over the little things you might forget.

The American Psychological Association estimates nearly 71% of people say money is their main holiday worry.

'It's just too much of a hassle with money as far as bills and all that goes, and family's not family no more like it used to be," said holiday shopper Pamela Roller.

If you are one of the nearly three quarters of Americans who say financial issues like searching for a perfect gift are what stress you out during the holiday season, health officials say something as simple as taking a 15 minute break away from all the hustle and bustle and listening to some soothing music could be all you need to clear your mind.

"The biggest advice I give my patients is that it's okay to say no. They want to do everything they're asked to do, especially when it's your family asking you to do this or do that," said Dr. Teanna Moore at Pikeville Medical Center.

And before you get too overwhelmed take a step back and remember what the holidays are really about.

Health officials say if you notice any physical symptoms that could be caused by stress like high blood pressure, headaches or fatigue you should see your doctor.


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