Top 3 Tips to Beat Stress This Holiday Season

How to Balance Work and the Holidays


With the holidays in full swing it can be hard to find time to take a break when we’re spending more time with loved ones, planning parties and cooking, or shopping for gifts. That being said, over 56% of people surveyed reported that work is their primary source of stress; adding holiday season mania to the mix can lead to complete burn out.


Read on for 3 tips to beat stress this season:


1: Getting Sick

 Catching the flu with a full schedule can wreak havoc on your already packed timetable. Remind yourself and others to maintain good hygiene practices. If you do succumb to being sick – stay home! Taking the time to rest will get you back in good health more quickly without jeopardizing your coworkers. Take care of yourself by eating healthy, staying hydrated, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep.


2: Managing a Heavy Workload

 For most of us, taking time off at the end of the year is inevitable. Unfortunately, work will continue to pile up with yearend deadlines while you’re partaking in holiday events. Prioritize the most important items on your to-do list and provide reasonable due dates. Make sure your team is in on the same page so that nothing falls through the cracks. Reward yourselves with a healthy treat or chair massage for your hard work to stay motivated!


3: Navigating your Job Search

If you happen to be looking for a new position during the holidays, take a deep breath. Allow time for holiday obligations. Attend those holiday parties to network and let your friends and colleagues know you’re looking for a new opportunity. Give yourself realistic goals for sending out resumes. Keep in mind that hiring managers are more than likely taking time off and response times will be slow through the end of the year. Consider taking a contract job to stay active in the workforce and to keep your skills current. If you’re doing a great job, that company just might hire you on full-time.


The end of the year and holidays come with a heaping side of stress, there’s no doubt about it. If there’s ever a time to practice self-care and work/life balance more effectively, this is it! Incorporate these simple tips into your routine to stop stress from burning you out so you can enjoy your holidays.