Putting the 'happy' back into the holidays
December 22, 1998
From Medical Correspondent Dr. Steve Salvatore
(CNN) -- For some people, the pressure to "do it all" during the holidays can often be overwhelming. We want to be everywhere and do everything.
Experts say it's all about expectations.
"People look forward to the holidays for so long and plan so much and expect too much," says clinical psychologist Dr. Carol Goldberg. "Their expectations are not realistic and therefore they get disappointed."
One of the biggest stressors at holiday time, according to Goldberg, is family.
"People who don't have families tend to feel very lonely. People who do have families may have a lot of conflicts because family times bring back a lot of relationships from the past."
Shopping can also be a real strain: the lines, the crowds, and later, the inevitable bills-- which often show how you spent a little more than you should have, or wanted to.
But, perhaps the biggest source of stress is time management. Dr. Goldberg says what's important to remember is that we are living in the 90s.
"People should not try to replicated what people did in the past. First of all, in grandma's days, grandma was probably home, not commuting, not working out of the house."
So if you're still stressed this holiday, remember to take the time to just enjoy yourself. That's a sure fire stress buster.
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