Crowds filter through the mall during the busy holiday season (Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO - During the holiday season, it doesn't take much to be pushed over the edge. It can start with something as simple as trying to find a parking spot at the mall. Maybe you missed your flight or maybe the family gatherings are proving too much to handle. Whatever the case may be, it's important to be aware of the triggers of a holiday meltdown.
According to website health.com, the following things are apt to trigger a holiday meltdown of Clark Griswold proportions:
Super-High Expectations: Those high expectations often times set you up for a meltdown.
Trying to Do Too Much: If you overbook events, that could be another problem. Remember you don't have to attend every holiday party you're invited to and you don't have to get to every one-day sale.
Family Friction: This can include overbearing parents, passive-aggressive siblings, needy grandparents and annoying in-laws.
Lack of Sleep: If you're up at the crack of dawn to rush to the best sales and then stay up late to wrap gifts or clink glasses at parties, you could be in store for a meltdown. Remember, the little ones aren't the ones who benefit from a nap.
Celebrating Too Hard: Watch out for the drinking. Many turn to a glass of red wine or a shot to help take the edge off, but remember, alcohol is a depressant and overindulging in it could make you more emotional, leaving you more open to a major meltdown.
Early Signs of the Holiday Bulge: If your clothes are feeling tight already, the worry over the dreaded holiday weight gain could drive you to a meltdown.
Busting the Budget: If you're strapped for cash because of all the gift purchases and entertainment expenses, then that could really put some stress on you and your family.