As of today, the winter holidays are in full swing. Hanukkah begins tonight; Christmas will make its big splash in exactly two weeks. And a lot of us are probably beginning to feel the strain — of shopping, wrapping, parties, mailing cards, travel plans, kids’ school schedules, the whole nine yards.
Some of that stress has to do with money — according to one recent poll, 56 percent of Americans feel “strapped for cash” and 90 percent are feeling anxious about money as the holidays approach. But a lot of it has to do with time — just plain figuring out a way to fit in hours of extra stuff on top of the over-stuffed schedules that most of us keep these days. (Myself included.) One FamilyEducation.com poll found that a full 37 percent of those who participated get “depressed, moody, and cranky” this time of year — more than any other category listed. (That poll is still live, by the way, if you want to add your own two cents.)
Over the next week or so, I’m going to write a couple blogs on dealing with the stress — not just the run-of-the-mill “take-care-of-yourself tips” (although I’ll probably throw in some of those, too) but some more unique ideas. Got some coping strategies of your own you’d like to share? Business EQ is open for comments, 24/7.