24 December 2013

Coping With Stress At Christmas

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. 

14 comments:

  1. I never used to believe in stress when i was younger but I sure do now!,,,

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  2. Interesting read! I admit to getting stressed out 365 days of the year. Stress during exams as a youngster them constant stress since becoming a mum!

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  3. Thanks for the post, I find it quite stressful having to dodge arguments between family members and keep the peace. Got my fingers crossed for a stress-free xmas this year!!

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  4. this year has been stressful for us due to having less money than usual, some great tips there, the phoneline sounds like a great idea

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  5. When it has been said by people that it is modern day living which is causing them stress. Then maybe that is where a solution lies. Analyse /Review modern day living to determine what aspects are causing stress, and see where / when / how this can be reduced. As high stress levels can be detrimental to human life and quality of life. Our Government should take action to protect it's people / resources etc (Human beings are a resource, they are valuable, and should / could be treated as such).

    Rachel Craig

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  6. I have bad anxiety anyway, and everyone thinks Christmas is such a great time, but it's got to be the most stressful time of the year. I try to sort out present buying early, then hide and leave the rest to my partner!

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  7. I always tend to get stressed at Christmas maybe because stress is my middle name. Some really good tips here for sure!!

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  8. A very interesting article - it reminded me to take a break and not allow the stresses of the festive period to get on top of me.

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  9. there's some good tips! i've been trying to help those around me not to become too stressed; this is meant to be the relaxing time of year for us all! with love, faye xx

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  10. It is sad that Christmas has become known as a stressful time of year. As it is meant to be a Celebration of the birth of Christ. "Peace and Goodwill to ALL men". Peace is the opposite to stress surely.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. I'm always getting stressed, it would not matter so much but usually it's about something really small that no one else even notices - the German telephone line sound great I'd love to ring and shout an scream x

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  12. A fab post - I have GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and wondering if I have a touch of OCD? Stress is awful and this write up contains some interesting info x

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  13. I think 56th in the world is pretty good to be honest. I don't tend to get too stressed , but I come from a small family. Also I guess most arguments are fuelled by alcohol, and since non of us drink too much in our house, I guess that helps too

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  14. Ooops comment above was posted by
    Mike @ILIKEVEN1CE (for the competition)

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