How to Manage Stress this Holiday Season

Work stress happens to the best of us, but don’t let it get the best of you! With the holiday season upon us, it’s particularly important to balance all areas of life. Holiday stress can get heavy. When you combine that with work stress and whatever else life decides to throw your way, you’re looking at a perfect storm.

Let’s look at some ways to tackle work stress, so we can focus on enjoying the holidays.

  • Get organized. Disorganization and chaos is a recipe for stress. Organize your office and workspace so there is no physical clutter causing any anxiety. It’s equally important to organize your email, tasks and folders which will cut down on stress, boost productivity and increase motivation!
  • Prioritize. A never-ending to-do list will stress anyone out! When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to prioritize and rewrite your list. Begin with the most urgent, followed by the tasks you really don’t want to do. After that, you will breeze right through the rest!
  • Delegate. Sometimes, you’ve got to relinquish some control and pass the reigns on to someone else. You can’t be responsible for everything. Delegate what you can so you can focus your attention on a few matters and get them done well.
  • Take breaks. Don’t try to power through the entire day without taking a break, no matter how much you have on your plate. Depriving yourself of a break is completely counterproductive. You need time to step away, breathe, unwind and relax for a bit. Clear your head and take some “me” time so you can refocus and get back to the job at hand!
  • Ask for help. When you’re in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Almost always, someone will be willing to lend a hand. 
  • Talk to your manager. Sometimes just talking to someone will help unload some stress and help you get your head back in the game. There’s no shame in going to your manager and voicing that you’re a bit stressed and asking for some advice. It’s not a weakness. It is much better to get ahead of the situation than to crash and burn when you hit stress overload.
  • Set work hours and personal hours. In this day and age, many of us bring work home with us. It’s important to set clear hours that are designated only for personal time. It is great to be dedicated to your career, but it cannot disrupt your personal life.

Stay on top of things at work so you have plenty of time and energy to enjoy the holiday season!