Real Health Risks of Holiday Shopping

(Headline Health) Each year, the holiday season brings news of stampeding mobs, parking lot road rage, checkout line fist fights, and other anti-social behavior with potentially significant health consequences.

But even if you don’t experience a holiday shopping confrontation that makes the Six O’Clock News, the stress and anxiety of the nation’s largest retail shopping day can still have serious health consequences.

Based on the details listed in the article below, perhaps Black Friday should come with a warning label: ‘May cause stress, diabetes, heart attacks.’ 

And if a member of your household is out shopping as you read this, why not take advantage of your opportunity to help them relieve their stress when they return by giving them a message, drawing a bath, or preparing their favorite beverage or snack.

Black Friday 2017 WARNING: Stress deals could cause diabetes and HEART ATTACKS

(MATT ATHERTON, DAILY EXPRESS) BLACK FRIDAY 2017 could save consumers hundreds of dollars while shopping in the sales.

But last-minute rushes to bag some top deals could have a number of damaging impacts on customers’ health, doctors have warned.

  • Black Friday stress can lead to high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure can cause heart attacks and strokes
  • Stress also triggers the hormone cortisol
  • Too much cortisol can cause weight gain and diabetes

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More cortisol has also been linked to taking more risks.

In terms of Black Friday, more risks could mean spending and borrowing more money, which in turn, could lead to more cortisol being triggered.

The over-crowded shops, traffic jams and long lines can all lead to an increase in blood pressure, experts say.

Staying properly hydrated and getting plenty of sleep before the main event could help in managing Black Friday.

Exercising before and after shopping could help to relieve some of the stress of searching for the best deals, according to yoga instructor Chris Magee.

“A workout promotes a good endorphin release and forces you to feel better and more relaxed,” he said. Read the full story at Daily Express. 

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