Silly Season – or Crazy Season?
I see a massive increase in stress among my patients as the year draws to a close. Perhaps it’s just that the year has been challenging for many, but when I enquire about the stressors in people’s lives during November and December, they almost always say one thing: Christmas… I can’t help but wonder whether we should change the term ‘silly season’ to ‘crazy season’ as I watch people stress out about finding the right presents for their family, fight over shopping centre car parks, worry over what food to serve, and become concerned over the amount of money they’ll spend during the December/January holiday period…
But does it need to be that stressful?
Should it be that difficult?
Have we started to miss the true meaning of this celebratory period?
Have we forgotten the ‘heart’ of this time of year?