Holiday stress is increasingly affecting mothers. Here are some tips to help

More than twice as many mothers as fathers report high holiday stress, according to the survey. Here are some ways to help you enjoy the season of giving

PHOENIX It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but what about the people whose job it is to make all the magic happen during the holidays?

A national survey reveals that even though many parents are trying to cover the gym, they are completely stressed out, especially mothers.

It’s that time of year. The buzz is on for moms and dads like Tempe’s Roopa Subramanya Shetty and Deepak Venkatachalapathy.

We love road trips, he said. We love to hike all the places nearby.

They spent the day shopping at Tempe Marketplace with their 3-year-old son.

Subramanya Shetty credits her husband for being the most relaxed parent when it comes to holiday stress.

He is, he said. I get frustrated very easily.

Yes, unless we come out, he said. He’s a mess maker.

Moms and dads shared what was on their minds as they tackled their seemingly endless to-do lists.

I think it’s exciting, said Gianna Tijerana, mother of 3. I’m a procrastinator though, so it’s starting to feel stressful, but mostly just exciting.

However, according to a recent national survey conducted by the University of Michigan, burnout among mothers is much higher than among fathers.

I feel like dads are just more relaxed, and I know everything is going to be okay, Gianna’s husband, Ryan Tijerana, said.

I wish I got all the cold my husband got, but I don’t know why, she said. but it sure is true.

In fact, research shows that 23 percent of mothers report experiencing high levels of stress during the holidays, double the level of fathers at 12 percent. It also shows that the stress of mom’s holiday season often affects every member of the family.

The reality is that sometimes we can’t do everything and some things have to wait, which is okay if you ask Dr. Barbara Schulte, a psychiatric mental health nurse at Denova Collaborative Health.

Right now, he sees a flood of drowning mothers.

“It’s their job to do all the things they normally do, but now we have to do the holiday shopping, meal planning and all the extra stuff,” she said. and children who are out of school can be extremely overscheduled when they are at home compared to school.

Dr. Schulte says there are many stressors, but the biggest one is balancing the expectations of grandparents and in-laws and avoiding family feuds during the happiest time of the year.

“My number one thing is to change the way we think,” he said. We know it’s only one season.

Dr. Schulte says moms need to be more open about asking for help when they feel stress rising.

It’s really hard to make everyone happy and it’s definitely not going to happen. I think it’s important to focus only on what you can control, he said.

Dr. Schulte says it’s also a good idea to stay on schedule even when your kids are out of school.

Above all, for confused parents, but especially for mothers, this time of year is the key to remembering any superwoman.

That’s not reality, he said.

Try to push those feelings aside as best you can to have a happy and bright season, but if that just isn’t possible, she recommends getting help.

We have a network of people, and if you don’t, try to see who you can find, said Dr. Schulte. It’s important to surround yourself with people who support you.”

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