For some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it’s too busy and full of stress. If the latter sounds familiar, there is good news. There are steps you can take during the holiday season to cut down on stress and enjoy this time of the year, while still reaching productivity goals at work. Here’s a look at a few of them:
Make a list and check it twice.
If your mind is filled with a million to-do’s to get ready for the holidays and stay on track at work, it’s no wonder you’re stressed. Plus, you have your normal, day-to-day personal obligations to factor in. The best way to deal with it all? Make a list. Putting it on paper gets it out of your head, so you feel less anxious about it. It also helps you to better prioritize what needs to get done now and what can wait until after the New Year.
Get out the door and on the move.
You might think exercise is the last thing you have time for in the busy holiday season, but it’s a great way to de-stress, as well as ensure you don’t pack on those extra holiday pounds. Even just walking on a treadmill or outside a few times a week can go a long way in helping you manage your busy life and feel better about it all, boosting your energy in the process.
Keep the season merry and bright.
Remember, it’s not about finding that just-right gift and having perfect decorations. Instead, shift your mindset to focusing on what really matters most; for instance, being grateful for all you have and spending time with family and friends. Also, try to be more mindful and in the moment, making memories with the ones you love rather than thinking ahead to all you have to do.
Laugh it off.
Laughter might not be the best medicine, but it can surely help to release a lot of tension. So watch a funny holiday movie, read the comics, or check out your favorite comedian on YouTube. Finding humor in all the busyness is a good way to release stress.
Is your biggest source of stress your job? Ready to find a new one in the New Year?