Mothers ‘most stressed’ at Christmas

New research from one of the UK’s leading independent baby-product review websites has found mothers find the Christmas holidays the ‘most stressful’ time; with over two thirds, 68%, admitting they feel ‘very stressed’ at this time of year.
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Dec. 9, 2010 - PRLog -- Whilst Christmas is an enjoyable holiday for many, it seems that mothers across the UK are bearing the brunt of the stress that comes with it. A new study from, one of the UK’s leading independent baby product review websites, has found that over two thirds, 68%, of mothers admit to feeling ‘very stressed’ over the Christmas period; with the majority agreeing that they find it the ‘most stressful time of year.’

The research was conducted by, in order to gauge how mothers across the UK cope with the Christmas period, with 1, 672 mothers aged 18 and over taking part.

Respondents to the study were initially asked to describe their usual mental state over the Christmas holiday. Over two thirds, 68%, of mothers replied that they usually felt ‘very stressed’ at Christmas-time; as opposed to just one in ten, 9%, who stated that they usually felt ‘calm.’

The mothers who admitted to feeling ‘very stressed’ were then asked to state why they felt this way. Whilst the majority, 53%, explained that they felt they had ‘too much to do’ over the Christmas period; over a third, 34%, blamed their stress on the fact that they received ‘no help from family members’ in Christmas preparations.

Furthermore, over half, 51%, of all mothers who took part in the study admitted that they felt that Christmas preparations ‘depended on them.’ Over a third, 33%, explained that they prepared Christmas dinner alone, whilst one in five, 21%, explained that it falls solely on them to buy all Christmas presents for friends and family.

Of the total respondents to the study, over half, 55%, admitted that they found the Christmas season the ‘most stressful’ time of year.

Jill Tovey, co-founder of, commented on the findings:

“We wanted to look into how mothers feel when Christmas comes around, and it wasn’t surprising to find that the majority admitted to feeling ‘very stressed’ during the holiday season. Most explained their stress on the fact that they felt they had too much to do, and did not receive enough help around the home; something that can be extremely stressful at a time of year when there is so much to organise.”

She continued:

“Although I think it can be argued that Christmas organisation has relied on mothers across the UK for many years; perhaps fathers and partners should take note, and try to share the burden of Christmas preparation a little more equally. Helping around the kitchen, or doing a little of the Christmas shopping, can make all the difference when it comes to alleviating the pressure of preparation on mothers across the UK. After all, Christmas is a time to help those in need!”



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