January / February 2016
By Dr. Radheshyam Miryala and Dr. Ragini Miryala
The holiday season is here! As our enthusiasm for the festivities grows, so does an underlying level of stress. A 2008 holiday poll showed that over 80% of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season. The cause of stress comes from many directions. One of the biggest culprits is financial pressure to purchase gifts, decorations, food, and other holiday related items. Another source may be strained relationships within families. Although we want to look forward to this joyful time of reconnecting with loved ones, reunions can become a place for toxic relationships to come to a head as family jealousies, regrets, and rivalries come to light. Other sources of stress include the multiple social obligations, weight concerns, shopping, crowds, and the ever increasing holiday traffic.