For many of us, “the most wonderful time of the year” is anything but. If we let the holiday season get the better of us, we can find ourselves overeating, overspending, and over-extending from now through New Year’s Eve.
Holiday stress has real health implications: The American Heart Association warns that the increased stress we feel this time of year can lead to significant coronary events. The American Psychiatric Association urges people to make a plan for the depression and anxiety this time of year brings. And internal medicine doctors like me caution patients to wash their hands and get plenty of sleep, as this is cold and flu season.
Despite the dangers, the holidays really can be filled with more mistletoe than misery.