The days are still getting shorter, and there are many who are still adjusting to the darkness on their drive home from work. We have had a couple decent storms, but the weather has been as varied as the seasons themselves. The holiday season is over, family and friends have gone home, and the political and social climate of the country is tense and uncertain at best.
There is no question that this is a very stressful time of year.
Stress, as we know, comes in a few different forms. Acute Stress happens when we are faced with an immediate threat and our “fight-or-flight” response kicks in, making changes to our body to get us ready to bolt or fight for our lives. This is a short-term response to a short-term dangerous situation.