Seasonal Stress

Goals

For a creative brief, information on seasonal stress is needed. Specifically, information on relevant tension points surrounding holiday stress for work and life balance is needed.

Early Findings

Holiday Stress

  • According to the American Psychological Association, around the holidays 69% of people are stressed because they feel there is a "lack of time," 69% of people are stressed because there is a "lack of money," and 51% are stressed due to the pressure of giving or getting gifts.
  • This is mostly echoed in a survey by Vital Smarts. According to Vital Smarts the top 5 holiday stressors are trying to stay on top of the activities, pressures and expectations that accompany the holidays (56%), spending too much to make the holidays special (50%), trying to find the perfect gift (46%), attending family events (33%), trying to stay healthy (26%).
  • According to a survey by Accounttemps what professionals find most stressful about the holiday season are that they need to find a way to balance holiday events with work obligations (32%), when they take time off they return to work with heavy workloads (23%), and that there are fewer people on the job to help (18%).
  • Employees can show up to work looking and seeming fine but carrying stress-related mental and physical ailments which cause them to underperform at work. This is known as "presenteism" and it is "more costly for employers than illness-related absenteism or disability" as "less time is lost from people staying home than from them showing up but not performing to full capacity."

Stress Related Symptoms

  • The resulting stress and anxiety can lead to symptoms such as "headaches, sleep disturbances, fatigue, exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, short temper, upset stomach, low job satisfaction and morale, aching muscles (including lower back pain), loss of appetite, changes in behavior while at work, and a decline in productivity and work performance."

Summary of Findings

  • During the initial hour of research, multiple articles mentioned the same types of stress factors during the holiday season.
  • Stress factors centered around balancing the additional stress (attending events, health) of the holidays with work, the additional spending that accompanies the season, and trying to create the perfect holiday.
  • Rather than expanding on the stress factors these articles often focused more on giving advice on how to deal with stress surrounding the holidays.

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