Workplace stress doesn’t take time off during the holidays. Absenteeism, low productivity, and a personal “to do” list as long as Santa’s can tap your energy and motivation. This month EOD offers some top tips to help manage holiday stress in the workplace*:
- Create an end-of-year plan. Create a game plan for managing your health and priorities at work. Bullet point your objectives, including your sleep, exercise and social connections. By writing it down you can refer to it when schedules become distracting.
- Talk about your goals with others. Talk to others about your game plan, which helps keep you accountable and helps you strategize with others.
- Put time aside for yourself. It’s OK to be selfish and give yourself some undivided attention. Get away from your desk and take a walk outside, listen to your favorite music, or just take a few intentional minutes to de-stress. (Online shopping or looking at Instagram doesn’t count.)
- Know your boundaries and stick to them. You don’t have to do everything and be everywhere. Decide what events are important to you and don’t feel pressured to show up.
- Use the slower work pace to your advantage. Instead of getting frustrated that everyone else is slow to respond or are away, use this time to take a deep breath, slow down, and work on your goals or get a more creative perspective.
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*From 5 tips for Managing Stress Over the Holidays. https://www.inc.com/anna-meyer/5-tips-for-managing... , Nov. 1, 2018
Manage Your Holiday Workload
Employee Wellness also offers a few suggestions on managing the holiday workload.
- Focus on the point of gift-giving
- Make a list of everyone you need to buy for
- Shop at stores where you can buy gifts for many on your list
- Set a budget and stick to it
- Check your emotions at the store door
- Find alternative ways to give gifts such as homemade gifts or food
Lack of Time
- Prioritize your invite obligations- you can say no!
- Cook and freeze food ahead of time
- Be realistic- everything will not be perfect
- Expect some challenges
- Relish traditions- focus on old ones or create new ones
Coping with Holiday Blues
- Spend time with people who care about you
- Focus on the good things you have now, instead of in the past
- Stay active- get out and go for a walk!
Check out the Employee Wellness Stress Management website for resources to help manage stress as an important part of your healthy lifestyle or contact Employee Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.