With reports emerging this week that Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has recently suffered an injury whilst putting up Christmas decorations, it is worth remembering what a stressful time of year the festive season can be, and that mishaps and injuries can often be the result.

Welsh born Zeta-Jones, 51, explained to her legion of fans on Instagram how the injury occurred:

“So, I was putting up my Christmas decorations…and an iron rod that is supposed to be a sculpture – and that I don’t even like – fell on my foot, and it hurts. Happy Sunday!”

The Oscar winning star, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her marriage to veteran actor Michael Douglas, also posted a picture of her injured foot wrapped in ice.

Festive rush means more accidents

Data from surveys covering the Christmas and New Year period highlight how the festive rush and people’s worries about not hosting the perfect event can result in more mistakes and an increased likelihood of an accident and injury occurring. Some of the most common types of injuries at this time of year include:

  • Cutting a finger or hand whilst preparing food – especially vegetables
  • Electric shocks suffered whilst installing and testing Christmas lights, often due to poorly maintained wiring or exposure to the elements outdoors
  • Being burnt following a spillage of hot fat or oil whilst cooking
  • Slipping on icing or slushy pavements
  • Spraining an ankle or wrist whilst falling trying to retrieve Christmas decorations from the loft

Overall, more than 1 in 4 (25%) of us report feeling more stressed at this time of year, rising to 1 in 3 for women. The greatest additional pressure tends to be centred around cooking and hosting, with 1 in 5 (20%) people becoming overwhelmed as their homes become far busier and messier, resulting in 1 in 5 (20%) admitting that they are doing things in far more of a rush than usual.

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