Stress ruins festive season for 15 million Brits
Some 30Â per centÂ of UK adults â€“ 15.5 million people â€“ dread the Christmas and New Year period because they suffer from increased stress levels, new research commissioned by PharmacyOutlet.couk has revealed.
The survey ofÂ 2,000 UK adults highlighted theÂ added stress, financial pressures and excessive consumption that leads to poorer mental and physical health during the Christmas season, withÂ 60Â per centÂ of people sayingÂ they are at their least healthy overÂ Christmas due to busier schedules, over-indulgence and higher risk of colds and flu.
When it came to sleep, 16 per cent reported sleeping worse at Christmas than at any other time of the year, while 20 per cent said they suffer from nausea, indigestion and heartburn on a regular basis over the festive season as they consume more food and alcohol.
Some 23Â per centÂ said they wereÂ already planning a new health and fitness regime to start in January to reverse Christmas overindulgence.
â€œThe truth is that for many people it is a time when their stress and anxiety levels peak â€“ not only do they have to juggle social engagements, they physically must cope with the strains of overindulging on food and alcohol on a regular basis,â€ commentedÂ Hitesh Dodhia, superintendent pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk.Â â€œThe best approach over the coming weeks is to do everything in moderation â€“ this will help people remain in control of their mental and physical condition, while still enjoying the seasonâ€™s merriments.â€
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