How to Reduce Holiday Work Stress
There’s an energy in the air during the holiday season that feels like excitement and happiness mixed in with a sense of hurried anticipation, like we feel we must squeeze in as many activities and responsibilities as possible within a span of 6 weeks. Maybe this change of pace has something to do with the fact that the year is coming to an end and that incites a mental mayhem of sorts in many of us.
The reality is that we do take on more responsibilities and commitments during the holidays while normal life still goes on: Work, family, household commitments, among other duties. This combination equals late nights, less sleep, being constantly on the go, and of course, greater stress. Now more than any time throughout the year, it’s important to take time for self-care, relaxation, and reflection. The year will be over before we know it, so let’s take the time to truly absorb the moments and the special energy characteristic of this time of year. Below are a few tips that will help you turn this blink and it’s over, fast paced season into a time of truly relishing and being fully present.
1) Saying ‘No’
I know it’s the holidays, the time of all things merry and bright, but keep in mind that you are not the Grinch if you must pass and say no to certain events, activities, and additional responsibilities. Saying ‘no’ in order to reduce stress is a critical part of practicing assertiveness and self-care: We can’t put others’ needs before our own, especially to the point that we become overwhelmed, overworked, and ultimately…frustrated. So remember that it’s ok to say no. To reduce holiday work stress try to also focus on those projects that are most important to deliver during the holidays and say no for now to those that can be done in January.
2) Simplifying Activities
There’s something about the holidays that makes many of us feel like we can be in four places at once (e.g., making a holiday meal at home, visiting relatives, finishing a work deadline, and preparing the house for guests). During the holidays, try simplifying your schedule, even more so than throughout the rest of the year. Block out larger chunks of time for doing work and if you are easily distracted try to put on headphones at work. Delegate tasks to others whenever possible and plan activities with one main idea in mind: To have the energy and mental presence to make sure that you spend time with loved ones and you are able to truly enjoy and be fully present during these special days. If we expend all of our energy preparing for events and activities to the point that we are too exhausted to truly enjoy and be apart of them, then we run the risk of watching the holidays pass us by.
3) Lay Back & Relax
Lay back and relax is not exactly synonymous with the holiday season, but we must change this stereotype if we want to truly reduce our stress level this time of year. I’m not implying that we should be in full-on relaxation mode because we do want to be active and participate in holiday parties, gatherings, travel, and other seasonal events. However, moderation is key when it comes to balancing relaxation and activity. To reduce holiday work stress think of this recovery period like how athletes do. They need to take a break in order for their body and mind to be in top form. Keep yourself from thinking that you are being lazy because that can’t be further from the truth. Every hard working person deserves to rest.
With the idea of balance in mind, it is a good idea to give yourself an early holiday gift that will be sure to promote your de-stress mind set and overall wellbeing: The Workvie Workaholic Gift Set Eucalyptus. All you need is at least 15 minutes (or maybe more on certain days, since it is the holidays after all) and the Workvie Work Pain Therapy cream and Workvie Eucalyptus Bath Bombs are sure to promote optimal relaxation by soothing your muscles, relieving aches and pains, and aiding in a much needed slow down of the mind and body.
The Workvie Workaholic Gift Set Eucalyptus makes an excellent holiday gift (for friends, family, and co-workers), a keepsake for your holiday party guests, or even a little something special you can take to the host/hostess of the next holiday gathering you attend. You can include a personal note with your gift, wishing the lucky receiver the same that I wish for you: A healthy, relaxed, and joyful holiday season, full of moments and memories that will be cherished forever.