During the holiday season, the rate of emergency room visits spikes as more people experience accidents, cardiac distress , and food poisoning. In many cases, these holiday emergencies are related to stress, which is abundant during the season. The holidays can have you filling up your schedule with obligations that pile on the stress as you try to keep yourself together. If you notice any of the difficulties below as stress builds, you may not be managing stress effectively. This could put you at risk for a wide range of health problems—including a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.
You Have Trouble Sleeping
Stress may keep you up at night, causing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This can become a problematic cycle, since sleep is one of the mechanisms that your body uses to manage stress. Therefore, you should not hesitate to discuss your altered sleep schedule with your doctor to explore possible solutions.
You Are Binging on Holiday Treats
Overeating and binging on junk food is a trademark of stress, and the holiday season presents many opportunities to indulge. Some temptation from holiday foods is normal, but you should take note if you are consistently overdoing it with snacks and sweets.
You Have Frequent Headaches or Body Aches
Stress can become physically painful, since it increases tension in the body and can restrict proper circulation. You might notice more headaches or body pains that are not easily explained by an injury or other condition.
You Feel Overwhelmed or Disoriented
When you feel the pressure of a long holiday to-do list, it may be hard to stop and breathe to reorient yourself. This may have you feeling overwhelmed, forgetful, or unfocused. As a result, you could end up getting into an accident or having your body shut down in various ways.
To avoid letting stress get the best of you this holiday season, call MountainView Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for stress fighting tips and healthy strategies for surviving the holidays. You can reach us at (702) 233-5300 any time, day or night.