Merry Stressmas and an Achy New Year

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Research from brand FLEXISEQ finds the one in ten British grandparents have Christmas Fear

Christmas is an enjoyable time of the year but it can certainly put the strain on grandparents, as these results show

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but thirteen per cent of British grandparents are not looking forward to Christmas in 2015. Increased stress levels (34%) and the physical demands of Christmas (14%) are two of their biggest concerns this festive season, according to new research from joint pain treatment brand FLEXISEQ.

One in five (20%) of grandparents admitted they felt ‘exhausted’ preparing for the big day, while over a third (35%) expect to suffer from joint pain as a result of cooking, decorating and other Christmas activities.

Although grandma is likely to be doing most of the hard work in the kitchen – with 24 percent admitting to cooking the Christmas dinner - it’s Grandad that will struggle to contain the grandchildren, with one in five (20%) of male grandparents saying they won’t be able to keep up with the kids, while 16% are left exhausted, claiming their grandchildren are a handful.

Christmas can also be a dangerous time of the year for grandparents, with nearly one in ten (8%) falling ill as a result of drinking too much, while seven per cent have injured themselves in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner. Five per cent have even hurt themselves decorating the Christmas tree, with the same number (5%) tripping over toys and other obstacles around the house.

Dr Chris Steele MBE, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, said, “Christmas is an enjoyable time of the year but it can certainly put the strain on grandparents, as these results show. It’s sad to see that so many grandparents actually fear Christmas as opposed to embracing it. Lots of families will have plenty of guests over during the holidays, so it is important to share the workload equally to ensure everyone has an enjoyable festive season.”

It’s no surprise that grandparents are facing the strain this Christmas – one in five (20%) of those hosting will be doing so for more than ten people and 14 per cent feel they do all the work on Christmas Day while the rest of the family relax

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