Stress at work is unfortunately inevitable no matter what season it is. However, during the holidays it seems like stress can skyrocket for almost everyone. Late November and all of December are some of the busiest times of the year when it comes to people’s work lives and their personal lives. Being busy isn’t a bad thing at all and that isn’t what is stressful to most people; it’s the part where they have to balance the workload with their personal lives and make time for all the important things. Instead of being stressed out about balancing both scales, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to help cope with this stress. Keep reading to learn more!
Make To-Do Lists
Making to-do lists may sound like a waste of time, however, they are extremely helpful! While it may be stressful to have to look at all of the things that you want to accomplish or have to attend to during the holiday season, it can help keep track of everything. When you make lists, you’re more likely to adhere to completing those activities and it gives you that visual reminder, which can be very handy. Try making two separate lists for the things that you need and want to accomplish at work and at home.
One of the best ways to utilize list-making is to make your list of things that you want to accomplish before the busy season starts, like right now! While you will be adding to your list, you’ll be able to space things out more which can help alleviate stress. Perhaps you’ve got your company party the night before your in-laws come in? Well now that you’ve laid all of that out, you now know to have the house prepped and ready so that you can enjoy your party without worrying about having to go home and clean. By creating lists you know exactly what you need to get done and when it needs to get done. This can drastically decrease your stress levels at work, since you’re no longer thinking about what you need to get done after.
Give Yourself A Budget
Money can be one of the heaviest stressors during this time of the year. Which is why starting to shop for gifts sooner (even now) can help relieve that stress. In fact many sites are consistently offering sales even before black Friday strikes.
Aside from starting the holiday shopping early, give yourself a budget and try to stick to that as much as possible. Lay out all your normal expenses such as rent, other bills, and then the normal things that you need like groceries, gas, and any other normal living expenses. Then take a look at all the money that you have left, and that will give you an idea of how much you have to spend. Creating a budget for gift giving can also be helpful.
Creating a budget that is visual and allows you physically see how you are spending money, can help you prepare and not be shocked or in any type of financial debt once the holidays are over. Saving money right now can even help you feel less stressed. You can never be too prepared! By utilizing this tool, you can head into work feeling confident that you won’t have to put in any overtime hours, unless of course you want to!
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Almost everyone is stressed at work during the holidays, which is why you may find people or even yourself, not acting like themselves. The best thing that you can do is to try and not take anything too seriously. If someone has a short fuse, just know that they’re probably under a lot of pressure like you. Having this understanding can help you become less stressed since you won’t be worrying about what other people are thinking. You’ll spend more time on what is actually important and not thinking about what Tom from billing said.
Be Mindful of Your Needs and The Needs of Others
The term self care doesn’t always mean sitting in a bathtub with candles all around you. Self care takes on many forms and isn’t always glamorous looking. The feeling of burnout is extremely common during the holidays, due to the hustle and bustle that stems from this time. Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. This may mean leaving the party early so that you can hit the gym before going home or even skipping out on some things. Understand that it is okay to say no. You don’t need to feel pressured to attend your cousin’s sister-in-laws birthday or give your entire team a large gift. Prioritize what you need to do, whatever that may be.
Just like you want to be mindful of yourself, try and be mindful of others too. This goes along with not taking things personally, like we mentioned earlier. However, even offering people a small compliment or baking muffins and bringing them into work can help lighten up someone’s day and relieve stress off them, which can then translate back to you!
Do Things That You Actually Want To Do
This can go hand-in-hand with self care but take advantage and attend the things that you actually want to do! If you really want to go to your company’s holiday corporate event but you have something that you should go to, but you don’t really want to go to it, do what you want to do! Giving yourself that break from reality and having that time to relax and enjoy yourself will do far more for you than going to something that you’re not excited about. Most people will understand that the holidays are a busy time, and will understand if you have prior engagements. Give yourself some leeway and time for yourself. You’ll find your less stressed and in a better mood!
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