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Holiday Planning to Reduce Stress

- November 26, 2018 by Jason Rozar (View all posts by Jason)
With the holiday season here, some of us can already feel the weight of the season bringing us down. The pressure to meet everyone’s expectations can deflate that feeling of joy faster than you can find a parking space at the mall.

So what can you do to stay jolly? Good question!

During this hectic time of year, we run ourselves ragged. The holidays can quickly turn into a race to make purchases, wrap gifts, decorate and make it to all of the holiday parties. We eat unhealthy food, stop exercising (because we are running up and down the aisles at every store…that’s exercise, right?) and often don’t make the time to unwind with friends. And that’s just what stresses people out off the job. We also have plenty of on the job stress such as the year-end financial close, more people taking time off work, annual holiday shut down and maintenance, not to mention the office holiday party that needs to be organized.

Good news is that there are solutions for managing holiday stress. Here are a few of our favorite:

  • Plan ahead: Christmas lands on the same day every year! Start the shopping early in the year to avoid big crowds.
  • Delegate: Not everything needs to be done by you. Pick and choose what can be reassigned and once reassigned, trust it will be done.
  • Postpone: Who says that the annual holiday party must be done in December or early January? If it makes life easier, aim for a party around President’s Day or even St Patrick’s day. Afterall, your employees are busy too, so this may help with their stress as well.
  • Appreciate: Meeting year end deadlines for the boss is stressful. Show your appreciation with a catered meal or a gift cards those who have to work overtime.
  • Exercise and stay active: Even a few minutes a day can keep your energy levels up and benefit your overall health.
  • Eat nutritious food: Overloading on sweets and sugar actually decrease your energy levels and make you feel run down. Plan ahead and eat before you get to the holiday party to lessen temptation.
  • Don’t overindulge: All of the holiday parties and gatherings can lead to overeating, overdrinking and overspending. All of these overindulgences can negatively impact your overall well-being.
  • Relax: Enjoy a quiet moment, a time to catch your breath.

Happy Holidays!