Why Nearly 80% of Americans Find It Hard to Relax During the Holiday Season

Getting the perfect gift for everyone on the list, cooking a delicious holiday meal and keeping up with all the activities are some of the biggest stressors of the festive season, according to new research. But a survey of 2,000 Americans found financial concerns actually topped the list of worries when heading into the holiday season – with 56 percent saying this was one of their concerns. Other stressors included family events (35 percent) and decorating the house (29 percent).

The study uncovered that 88 percent feel the festive season is the most stressful time of the year.

Sixty-seven percent of those studied say they try to create the “perfect” holiday – which leads to stress – while a further 47 percent say they take on more than they can handle during the holiday season. In addition, 77 percent find it hard to relax during the holiday season, which can leave them stressed and worn out. As a result of all the madness that comes with the festive season, it’s no wonder two in five would rather stand in line at the DMV than deal with festive stress while another one in five would rather be on a plane with a crying baby next to them.