Can pre- Christmas stress spoil the festivities and even put your health at risk? The rush, crush and commercial hype we kind of take for granted, I know that I do, but when I read this article in the UK Daily Mail on the 20th November I was shocked. Does Christmas shopping really have this effect on us?
“Our wallets will not be
the only thing suffering as we buy presents this Christmas. The mind and body will also be put under dangerous levels of stress, a study has fou
nd. Christmas shopping increased blood pressure to dangerous levels in 50 per cent of shoppers. This can lead to hypertension, which can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.
This can lead to hypertension, which can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney problems. Even low levels of hypertension are linked with migraines, panic attacks and osteoporosis.
Heart rates increased by an average of 10 per cent during Christmas shopping, University of East London in partnership with Moneysupermarket Shopping found.
Their researchers asked 15 men and 15 women to purchase a variety of gifts within 75 minutes. Men felt twice as stressed post shopping, while women were almost three times as stressed.
Rob Barnes, of Moneysupermarket Shopping, said: ‘The results show why more consumers than ever are putting their feet up and shopping online.”
After reading this I am Christmas shopping on my computer with a cup of tea. Or maybe I’ll even go the whole hog and start Christmas early with a glass of wine.