Ah, the holidays. A time to gather together with friends and family. A time to give thanks. A time to give gifts. And a time—as evidence shows—when depression, anxiety, and misdirected anger are at their peak.
Shocker to no one—the holidays can make our emotional landscapes pretty complicated. Frenzied shopping, long lines, crashed websites, a culture that's taught us that our self-worth is wrapped up in photoshoot worthy holiday tablescapes, complicated family dynamics, all the feelings that happen when we're spending money we wish we had more of—all of that is just so amplified in the holidays, and so often that manifests in us blowing off steam to whoever happens to cross our paths at the wrong moment.
Pretty painless right?