AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - There are gifts to be wrapped and parties to plan. The holiday season has arrived, bringing with it a good dose of stress, especially for women.
"December is just so stressful," said businesswoman and mother Jennifer Myers.
Dr. Deirdre Petrich, of PsyCare in Austintown, says it's common for women to stress out during this time of year.
"I think women tend to be more emotion based and the holidays can evoke huge emotions from us," Petrich explained. "We've all seen Norman Rockwell pictures of what Christmas should be and we all dream of these things. If we have an expectation that's unrealistic, then everything else will fall short, so we really want to put things in perspective and be realistic with ourselves."
To reduce the stress of the season, you have to set aside time for yourself.
"Read something that you enjoy. Sit and have a cup of tea with a friend. Go to church. All of those things help reduce that stress, and also might keep you in focus so you don't have these unrealistic emotional expectations," Petrich said.
For Jennifer Myers, her stress relief happens at the gym. "Coming here, working out, getting away for just a little while a couple times a week is so beneficial."