The holidays are just around the corner, and for many, these joyous celebrations bring with them an incredible amount of stress. Navigating the time off while meeting deadlines and closing out the year can be difficult. However, with some planning, workplace stress during the holidays can be effectively managed. First, create an end-of-the-year game plan. This should include managing priorities at work as well as personal obligations. Getting everything down on paper itself is cathartic, and you’ll also have a useful document to help plan before things get hectic. It can also help to talk about your year-end goals with others. Speaking with co-workers can help organize your thoughts and will also make you feel more accountable in meeting your goals. It’s also very important to put time aside for yourself during the holidays. "Put aside five, 10, 15 minutes a day to do something for yourself with intention," advises Katie Sandler, a wellness and professional coach. "Being on autopilot and aimlessly online shopping or looking at Instagram doesn't count." This can include taking a walk or just enjoying a cup of coffee away from the desk. "No one ever took a few intentional minutes to de-stress and said, 'Dang, I wish I hadn't done that'," Sandler adds.
How to Manage Holiday Stress