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Worries over money cause festive stress

We're not looking forward to Christmas. A shocking 75pc of middle-aged people are the most stressed and money is the biggest cause.

The Alka-Seltzer study Seasonal Stress and Excess found that almost one in two adults – 49pc – are stressing out about Christmas, with shopping, cooking and cleaning adding to their woes.

Seasonal stress affects more women than men with 74pc of females versus 68pc of men feeling the strain.

It also revealed that the "sandwich generation" of 32 to 50-year-old women carry the biggest stress burden.

Alka-Seltzer brand manager Jennifer Walsh said the frantic nature of Christmas – coupled with an already strained economy – causes serious tension headaches, the most common type of primary headaches.


Some people feel them in the eyes, others in the neck and some in the back – and they account for 90pc of headaches.

But there are things you can do to minimise the stress and maximise Christmas. Cut down on your gift list as well as creating a budget for the ones you've decided to buy and focus on the free stuff.

Get prepared in advance and share the workload with family and friends.


Don't create unnecessary work for yourself either, "prune your action list" recommends Alka-Seltzer.

Indigestion is another common symptom around Christmas with people over-indulging on the turkey.

Keep meals to a manageable size and bear in mind that excessive eating doesn't make anyone happy.

Finally make Christmas fun – not perfect.