Diagnosis: Festive Fatigue
It is certainly the season to be jolly and to be good and to be nice and to be kind.
But have you committed to being a bit too jolly already?
Are you already complaining about the myriad of social engagements crowding your calendar?
Do you secretly dread attending all those parties?
Are you stressed about finding something to wear?
Are you tearing your hair out trying to find THE perfect present for a loved one?
Do you feel like punching out the loud speaker upon hearing yet another Christmas carol at the shops?
Are you just wishing Christmas could be over already?
If you have any of these symptoms, you may very well be experiencing the early stages of Festive Fatigue.
This is a unique condition, usually only seen in December each year, with cases sometimes presenting into early January as well.
Festive Fatigue is characterised by the following symptoms:
- headaches (usually following the ingestion of too much alcohol)
- stomach pain (often as a result of overeating)
- fatigue (mostly due to lack of sleep or rest)
- listlessness (also a symptom of a related condition called “End of Year Blues”)
- irritability (partly a result of reduced sleep, combined with the demands of family and party-induced ongoing sugar rush)
- stress (attributed to poorly made decisions, such as volunterring to host Christmas for the extended family this year)
- anxiety (a result of intensive & unusual contact with said extended family)
If left untreated Festive Fatigue could develop further and become Christmas Freak-out or, even more seriously, New Year Hell.
Treatment is simple – rest up, eat well, eat and drink in moderation and take some time out to look after yourself. It may be called the “silly season” but that doesn’t mean you should be the one being “silly”.
Remember, prevention is the best cure. Learn to say no and never, I repeat, never, volunteer to host Christmas at your house.
Linking up a rather important public service announcement with Jess for IBOT.
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