Christmas Duty Threatens Your Emotional Health

A survey by online emotional health specialist Big White Wall, reveals that 60 per cent of people send Christmas cards out of duty rather than real care.

London, United Kingdom, December 10, 2007 --( A survey by online emotional health specialist Big White Wall, reveals that 60 per cent of people send Christmas cards out of duty rather than real care
Further, the survey discovers that two in five people buy gifts for others simply because they know that they will receive one in return.

It seems that underlying the spirit of Christmas is a crushing sense of duty. And, not surprisingly, such focussed obligation only compounds what many see as an already stressful time of year; with almost four in five of those who took part in the Big White Wall survey admitting to feeling stress over the festive season.

Big White Wall Director, Charlotte Vere comments, ‘Christmas has become a mass collusion in seasonal duty with a huge knock on effect on stress levels – caused by things such as receiving a card from the person you forgot, the friend that turns up with an unexpected present or housing relatives that no-one else will.’

This Christmas, the Big White Wall website is open for people to share the personal cost of their duty – openly, honestly and anonymously - and users of Big White Wall have already started to express how they really feel about Christmas.

One member wrote, ‘the more we have, the more we want and the more pressure there is to 'celebrate' Christmas. The result is that more and more of us just do not look forward to it at all.’

The stress of such duty can have a negative impact on emotional health, which in turn leads to physical and mental health problems. This Christmas, Big White Wall encourages everyone to release emotional stress and pressure by sharing their thoughts and feelings at

More on the survey:
Big White Wall, the place for emotional health online, conducted a survey to find out what people really feel about Christmas. The survey was carried out completely anonymously to encourage people to be open and honest about their feelings.

The survey revealed that:
· Over half of people only enjoyed last Christmas ‘in part’ and nearly one in five ‘just got through it and were glad when it was over’
· One in four people feel Christmas has just become a circus of present-giving and eating
· Two thirds of people felt irritated last Christmas and more than a third experienced anger

Note to editors:
Big White Wall is the place for emotional health online ( It is a support network where people can be open, honest and anonymous and express their everyday worries, deeper concerns and hidden secrets. Users can also learn more about how to be emotionally healthy.

At the heart of Big White Wall is The Wall where users can improve their emotional health by expressing their worries, concerns or secrets by sharing or venting on a brick and adding it to The Wall. The bricks are a form of digital graffiti and create an infinite and permanent wall of human emotion.

Big White Wall also includes Talkabout, a dynamic community in which users can talk about their thoughts, feelings and anything that is on their mind.

Big White Wall has set up a special Christmas Wall of user’s bricks where anyone can express what’s really on their mind about Christmas and an organised online event on Christmas Day for people who are alone or want support. There is also an editorial package on how to remain emotionally healthy over the Christmas period.

Big White Wall is a ‘social network’ but the critical difference between Big White Wall and other networks, such as Facebook and MySpace, is that all users on Big White Wall are anonymous and are known to each other only by username. This encourages everyone on the site to be open and be honest by being anonymous.

Big White Wall was launched in October 2007 and is currently in beta.
Jenny Hyatt Founder and Director
Charlotte Vere Director

Big White Wall
Charlotte Vere
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