The holidays are a wonderful time of year — but they're also really stressful. Whether it's dealing with family members, traveling far distances, dealing with grief and loss, or even just hosting a big dinner, there are a lot of potential stressors that pile up at the end of the year. From emotional to physical to culinary, many of us have a lot we have to take care of at this time of year.
And holiday stress, like so many other things, is gendered. Women and assigned female at birth (AFAB) people often bear the brunt of holiday planning, cooking, and entertaining — and their stress levels reflect that.
A survey from health site Remedy Review found that more women than men experience stress around the holidays. They surveyed 1,000 people using Amazon's Mechanical Turk to find out what's raising people's blood pressure at this time of year. Among other things, they found that 71.5 percent of women experience holiday stress, compared with 60.3 percent of men. That's a pretty substantial difference!
While no one can wave a magic wand and take away your stress, we do have one major tool that our foremothers did not: A smartphone. And with that smartphone, apps. Here are nine apps that will hopefully ease your holiday stress this year. (But, sorry, there still isn't one for disinviting your racist uncle.)