Survey: Women under 50 are the most stressed group during holidays

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The holidays can be stressful for everyone, but a new study says some bear the burden more than others.

According to new survey results from Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital, women under 50 are the most stressed group during the holidays. 

Dr. Adhi Sharma says stress is actually a healthy part of life, but can become dangerous when it raises to high levels. “Stress is challenging and it's a normal part of living and we're supposed to have stress. It's when stress gets elevated and we don't manage it that we get into trouble,” he says.

Dr. Sharma adds that high stress can have a major impact on physical health.  “What happens is our blood pressure goes up. Our brain starts to function differently. Our heart rate goes up. And all of these things take a toll on our body,” he says.

Doctors say the key is to find a way to manage stress safely and effectively.

Sue Griffin, of East Meadow, says she manages her stress by getting her holiday shopping in early. “All of my shopping is done. I start in September, so we’re good,” she says.

Finances and family were listed as the top two holiday stress factors.

The complete findings of the poll can be read here.

 

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