Holiday Work Stress
The holidays are an exciting time. Kids are off school, families are gathering for fun holiday festivities, the snow is falling, and everyone is feeling the magic of the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the wonder and merriment of the season and forget that bad things can happen even during the most wonderful time of the year.
Knowing what to do and how to react in an emergency can save your life and the lives of others around you. In this series, we will give you information and tips on how to prevent or react to several potentially dangerous scenarios this holiday season.
What To Do If…
You’re Experiencing Work Related Stress
The most wonderful time of year might also be the most stressful for some. The added pressure of creating the perfect holiday while also maintaining a full schedule at work can cause a lot of stress. Holiday stress can lead to insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, and other health concerns. Often, these health concerns are already wrecking our bodies and mental health before we are aware of it. Here are a few tips on what to do if you are experiencing the holiday blues at work:
Take care of yourself.
Make time for much needed rest. No matter what you have going on, get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. You may also want to maintain an exercise regiment as a way to clear your mind and reduce stress. Even with all the extra sweets being passed around the workplace, be sure you are still getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Get prepared early.
Create a To-Do List of all the things you want to get done before the holidays. Include a shopping list of all the things you need to purchase and wrap. You’ll feel more organized and less likely to be overwhelmed when having to get things done after an already busy work day.
Ask for help.
If you are feeling stressed and have too much on your plate, ask a coworker or supervisor for help. Getting overwhelmed and trying to manage things on your own is a fast track to feeling disengaged and frustrated. Prioritize your tasks and take care of the ones that you can finish quickly first. Get help completing the others if you can. You’ll feel more accomplished once you see things crossed off your list.
Help relieve holiday stress by being mindful of project deadlines. Be sure you are allowing employees plenty of time to complete tasks without feeling rushed or pressured. If there are things that can be pushed past the holidays, do so. If someone needs a break, give them a break. The holidays are about family and the feeling of togetherness. The more open you are to letting employees have the time they need to enjoy their families and holiday festiveness, the least likely your employees will suffer burnout, illness, and or even enough stress that they quit their jobs.