How do you feel about the holidays? Excited about traveling to see family and friends? Or are you dreading the office party? If the thought of shopping makes you want to pull a blanket over your head and sleep until January, you may be a little stressed out.

Many of us experience stress this time of year. Major factors include money, diet and exercise, gift giving, and hectic schedules. But you may be surprised how stress can impact you. Try this little quiz on the signs and effects of stress:

Test your knowledge here:


Test your stress knowledge

1 / 5

To get help with my stress, I have to talk with a therapist face-to-face.

2 / 5

Can stress cause sleeping difficulties?

3 / 5

If you typically feel "the blues" only during the holidays, you shouldn't be concerned about it.

4 / 5

Can simple tasks such as selecting a gift or preparing your favorite casserole cause stress?

5 / 5

Symptoms like headache, nausea, diarrhea and constipation can be signs of stress.

Your score is

The average score is 92%


One of the best ways to get through the holidays with less stress is to develop a plan — but stay flexible. Using a to-do list app that allow your friends and family to share tasks and shopping lists is helpful too.

Above all, remember that you don’t have to do everything alone; this includes dealing with stress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Teladoc can help. Our licensed therapists and counselors are available 7 days a week. This year try something different: Give yourself permission not to pick the perfect gift for everyone, let dinner guests bring a potluck dish, and reach out to Teladoc when you need to talk through seasonal blahs. Happy Holidays!

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