Stress seems to be at an all-time high during the holiday season, especially when it comes to working. While the holiday season can be an incredible time of the year, it can also cause many people to fall into unhealthy mindsets. Instead of stressing over things at the office, there are so many tools that you can utilize to help calm your mind and enjoy this holiday season. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the best and most effective ways to help you deal with the feelings of stress that you may be experiencing from work. Keep reading to learn more!
Identifying Your Stress
Everyone who has ever held a job, at some point, has felt the extreme pressure of work-related stress. All jobs, especially high-intensity ones, can come with stressful elements, even if you absolutely love what you do. The short term effects of stress tend to be relatively harmless, however if you let these feelings build up they can cause very unhealthy mental and physical effects. Instead of pushing your stress to the side and letting it build up, it’s important to identify your stress so that you can better cope with it. While we can’t completely avoid stress, we can take the steps to work through that stress which can greatly improve your health and mindset during the holiday season.
Some common sources of work stress are as follows,
- Low salaries
- Excessive workloads
- Low opportunities for growth or advancement
- Work that is not engaging or challenging
- Lack of social support
- Not having enough control over work-related decisions
- Conflicting demands or unclear expectations
These are all very common sources of stress that can spark up feelings of anxiety and negativity. It’s also extremely normal for others to be feelings these too, which then may end up rubbing off onto you, or you may find yourself thinking about it because Todd from accounting said something.
As we mentioned earlier, the long term effects of stress can take a toll on your physical health and well-being. A stressful work environment can contribute to problems such as headaches, stomach aches, sleep disturbances, short temper, and difficulty concentrating. Chronic stress can also result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. If you’ve noticed yourself feeling any of these symptoms and you’re unsure where they’re coming from, they might be from stress.
Managing Your Stress
Develop Healthy Responses
Many people tend to deal with their stress by just covering it up, which tends to be relatively ineffective. People cover up their stress with unhealthy habits like binge eating or excessive substance use. Instead, do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise. Exercise is one of the best ways to cope with stress, but if you’re not an exercise person that’s okay too. Spending time with loved ones or taking time to do activities that you actually enjoy can greatly help too. If you’re someone who loves to write, read, or even cook, these are all healthy outlets. Being outside is another great way to help cope with stress. While it’s not the warmest out, especially in New York and Chicago, bundling up and going for a walk around the block can be a great stress reliever.
We live in a world of instant gratification, which means that many of us feel the pressure to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Establishing some boundaries for yourself can greatly relieve some of the tension that you may be feeling. This means setting boundaries for yourself and for others. Starting with yourself may be easier. Perhaps this means you make a rule for yourself that says you won’t be checking your work email once you leave the office.
Setting boundaries for yourself with others is also important — it may seem selfish, and you may feel as if you’re being difficult to work with, but your mental health is important too. If you have someone who constantly bombarded you with questions, instead of having them come up to your desk, ask them to email you instead and that you’ll get back to them that way. Even small differences like that can help you feel more in control.
Take Time To Recharge
In order to avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, which are greatly felt during this time of year, we need to take time to replenish ourselves so that we can return productively to work. Taking time to recharge requires you to essentially “turn off” your work brain and focus on other things. Disconnect and find what helps you clear your mind. These can be activities that you like, or it may even mean that you just turn off your smartphone and get a few extra hours of uninterrupted sleep. Taking that time off to relax and unwind, will help you come back to work fully recharged and ready to go.
Taking A Real Break
Learning to take a real break may be needed too. Yes, you can go out and do other activities, but if you find that you’re still consciously thinking about all these things you may want to try things like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness as ways to relieve stress.
Employee health has been linked to productivity at work, so your boss or supervisor will have a direct incentive to create a work environment that promotes employee well-being. You can start by having an open and honest conversation with your boss. The point of this conversation isn’t to lay out a list of complaints, but rather come up with an effective plan or solution to help manage the work stressors you’ve identified. They’ve probably dealt with or helped others manage these stressors, and may actually have very helpful advice. They will also be able to help monitor your work load once they’re aware of it. You may have the heaviest workload and because you’ve been doing it for so long, they hadn’t noticed it. Awareness is key, and can really help get rid of these stressors. You boss may also be able to give you tools when it comes to improving skills in a certain area, time management, help you utilize resources or support from colleagues, and other things to help enrich your job and make it more meaningful and effective.
Host A Holiday Work Party
At Bounce Sporting Club, we believe that you should be able to work hard and play even harder. We understand that the holiday season can be a stressful time for you and your employees, and one of the biggest things that you can do is to show your appreciation. Kindness can go a long way, especially when it comes to your employees.
They work hard all year long, which is why they deserve to let loose and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Instead of dealing with the stress of planning an event for your company, host your holiday party or corporate event at Bounce Sporting Club.
We have two locations, a club in Chicago and New York, and have multiple rooms to accommodate parties of different sizes. Give your employees the break they deserve by giving them the opportunity to enjoy handcrafted beverages, chef-curated food, and stunning views of the city skylines. Book your party with us today by contacting us at either our Chicago or New York location! We look forward to seeing you!