The Impact of Recreation Therapy Intervention on Festive Stress

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The Impact of Recreation Therapy Intervention on Festive Stress


Busari, A. O., Ife Psychologia


This study investigated the effectiveness of recreation therapy intervention in the reduction of festive stress among some selected civil servants, teachers inclusive in Oyo State, Nigeria. The study adopted pre-post experimental design. The participants of the study were 150 subjects pre-selected using Festive Mood Stress Scale (FMSS). The age range of participants was between 55 and 62 years. The data analysis utilized for processing of the raw score was Analysis of Co-Variance (ANCOVA). The results of the study indicated that recreation therapy intervention on was effective in the reduction of festive stress. Other strategies for reducing stress during festive season were also suggested.

Key Words: Impact, Recreation Therapy, Festive Stress,

The festive season is a time of celebration, but for many Nigerians the festivities also mean extra pressures, like buying gifts, attending many social gatherings, staying away from home and/or entertaining family and friends. Coupled with great (and often unmet) expectations of what the festive season will bring, these pressure can build up and cause stress, which if ignored may lead to mental health disorders, particularly depression. Holiday periods have been associated with higher levels of depression, and one study found that suicide rates increased on the days following holidays. Another reported a 40% increase in suicides in the days following Christmas. Stress and depression not only have the potential to ruin the festivities, they also have considerable negative health effects which may persist if ignored. (Mayo clinic2011,Taylor 2010, National Health Service 2008)

What is stress?

Stress is a psychiatric condition characterized by the individual feeling intense emotional pressure with which they are unable to cope. Everyday pressures such as work, relationships and finances, with which individual copes, or even finds motivation from, can produce stress in some people. They may find themselves unable to manage day-to-day life and that stress about one problem affects many or all aspects of their lives. They may suffer insomnia, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. (America Psychological Association 2008) Stress also causes physiological changes, in particular it increases heart rate and blood pressure. In the long term it increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and other chronic health conditions (parker 2002). It can also have a considerable negative impact on a person's quality of life, and causes difficulties in intimate and professional relationships. Stress is a difficult condition to prevent, however there are many strategies that can help an individual cope with stress.

Causes of stress during festive season The festive season is a busy time when normal routines are often interrupted. There are many behaviours and situations which may cause stress at this time of year. These are; Poor nutrition The festive season is a period of over indulgence and the combination of too much food and generally poor nutrition can have a negative impact on an individual's mood.

Excessive alcohol consumption Excessive alcohol consumption is common in Nigeria, particularly in the festive season. At this time some people, particularly those who work in stressful occupations like nursing, may use alcohol not only as a celebratory mood enhancer, but also as a means of coping with the additional pressures the festive season entails. While alcohol temporarily produces positive feelings and relaxation, when it's intoxicating effects wear off it can contribute to stress and depression. Use of illicit drugs is thought to contribute to depression, and some evidence suggests that illicit drug use increases in the festive period (National Health and Medical Research Center 2009). Financial stress: The festive season is also a time of considerable expense, and the financial strain associated with buying gifts and food and travelling to visit loved ones, can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. …

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