Holiday shopping.

Holiday shopping.

For many families, the holidays mean excess stress. From gifts and cards to meals and gatherings, we often face pressure to uphold tradition and make the season special for loved ones … even when it causes anxiety or exhaustion. Women in particular report feeling overwhelmed. Surveys say nearly half of women experience higher levels of stress between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This seasonal strain can take a toll on couples and families. That’s why some say it’s time to re-think our holiday priorities, with a focus on quality over quantity. A conversation about men, women and holiday stress.

Guests

  • Bradford Wilcox director, the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia; visiting scholar, the American Enterprise Institute.
  • B. Hibbs psychologist and family therapist; author of "Try to See it My Way: Being Fair in Love and Marriage"
  • Liana Sayer director of the Maryland Time Use Laboratory and professor of sociology at the University of Maryland
  • Brigid Schulte reporter, The Washington Post; author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time"

Poll: How have you changed your holiday traditions?

From The Blog: This Is What Holiday Stress Looks Like

This Is What Holiday Stress Really Looks Like - The Diane Rehm Show

The American Psychological Association took a deeper dive into the issue. Here's what they found.

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