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Does Christmas feel like a rollercoaster ride? It’s joyful to spend time with family, but all that hard graft, followed by overindulgence, can be overwhelming. It’s no wonder that only

42%* of us find it relaxing. But are there also biological reasons for why the festive period feels so unbalanced?

‘Emotions run high at Christmas,’ says psychologist Dr Meg Arroll of Healthspan. ‘And in response to stress, excitement and indulgence, our neurotransmitters can go into overdrive – with positive and negative effects on the body and mind.’

So, as you frantically put up the tree and pour

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