Keep Calm and Carry On
While the festive season is known for its parties, presents, excess of food and quality time with the family, for many, it can also bring with it much stress and anxiety. The pressure of organising all the festivities and the financial burden that accompanies that quickly give way to what has become known as the 'festive burnout'.
The Money Advice Service's 2013 Christmas spending survey found that 18 million people were worried about how they would pay for the holiday period, with one in three adults expecting to start 2014 in debt. A recent survey by AXA PPP Healthcare also found that 69% of employees' workloads increase in the run-up to the holiday by an average of 30%, contributing to the much stress, exhaustion and illness experienced during this time.¹
Returning to reality after the festive break does little to dissolve the stress many people feel, and the in-famous 'January blues' can often lead to poor diets, less exercise and somewhat damaged oral health routines. Particularly for the 2.5 million students in the UK, surveys have found the return to University for the next round of exams to be a huge source of further anxiety and stress. (And it's probably safe to say that their oral health regimes are not as effective as they could be at the best of times!)