Hey, Captain Obvious. We're more stressed during the holidays. Really? According to a recent survey conducted by MedStar Health, 74% of Americans said Christmas is stressful - and 55% said it’s the most stressful holiday of the year.
And the reasons why for the stress include:
Money concerns: 50%
Spending time with family: 22%
Well, what in the af are we supposed to do? Seriously, the holidays are awesome. We don't want to become a hermit. The professionals have some advice that may prevent you from homiciding someone.
Be realistic about your budget
Try to resist pressures to spend more than you can comfortably. Small gifts that are thoughtful, hand-made items, and the gift of time together don’t have to cost much and can be very meaningful.
Crack Wisedom: Or sell your plasma, or other bodily fluids for some cashola.
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself and scale back expectations
It’s hard to enjoy the holidays if you feel constant pressure to make everything perfect. Incorporate stress busting activities into your holiday plans. Exercise is a great way to get those endorphins flowing. Warm up your body and reduce stress with a family hike.
Crack Wisedom: Pretend your punching bag is Druncle Larry.
It is easy to say “yes” to too many activities, leaving you feeling burned out and stressed about the holiday season. Try to alternate activity-full days with those of scheduled relaxation. Spending time with loved ones at home, or going for a solo walk, can do wonders for your mood!
Crack Wisedom: Especially if you leave your family in the woods...
Take a social media break
Your mental health matters! Watching how others spend their holiday can be overwhelming, and you might miss out on your own festive experience. Unplugging during the holidays helps you unwind and reconnect with your loved ones face to face.
Crack Wisedom: Or you could take a pic of your ass with mistletoe hanging above it, post it to socials, and tell everybody to kiss it. #facebookjail
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.