Stress has become a real problem for the modern world, affecting individuals everywhere and Christmas is probably the most stressful time of year. The main factor being money troubles which can cause problems between couples.
Apparently, the UK is ranked 56th country in the world when it comes to stress levels with Nigeria being the most stressed out place to live. This infographic from Benenden, shows the Christmas stress around the globe and shows how people in different countries combat stress.
Coping With Christmas Stress - An infographic by the team at Benenden
In this country, we have our own way of dealing with things. We take holidays and trips to try and get away from everyday life. This may work for the break away but will not work in the long run. We also sometimes try counselling to try and deal with our problems although I know this isn't suitable for everyone.
Maybe we should take a leaf out of other countries book when it comes to dealing with things.
Take Germany for instance. They have a dedicated phone line for if you want to just ring up and vent your anger at someone. Scream, shout and get your anger out without affecting the people you love. Or, like in China, where meditation is used to reduce stress.
Although my husband isn't so bad as some people, he does have a little bit of an OCD and when he is stressed, this becomes even worse. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental health condition that affects almost half of the population. It makes sufferers experience obsessional thoughts which will urge them to do something.
My husband has urges to clean things. Nothing in our house can be dirty as his mind wont let him sit down and just ignore it. He has to clean until spotless and when he is stressed on top of this, it makes for uncomfortable watching. He will drive himself mad with scrubbing things sometimes. Recently Jackie Chan revealed that he suffered with OCD stating that he always has to have a clean table and everything needs to be neat and tidy for him showing that anyone can suffer from this condition.
I think stress is one of the things that causes a lot of problems, especially at this time of year, and if we all just could learn to deal with it better, then there may be less arguments and other problems that it can cause.