Balancing Work and Holiday Cheer: Strategies for a Stress-Free Season

Balancing Work and Holiday Cheer: Strategies for a Stress-Free Season

It’s the time of year when you’re busier than ever, between hitting end-of-year work goals and preparing for the holidays. It’s a lot to balance. The good news is that you can take steps to make this season merrier and brighter, so you’re able to remain productive and have fun, relaxing holidays. 

Techniques to Keep in Mind.
Think small

This year, aim to focus less on giving costly gifts and planning huge parties and more on small details, like spending time with your family and doing fun things. In fact, sledding and hot chocolate are even more memorable than expensive presents. So think small when it comes to the holidays this year, so you don’t get overwhelmed and stressed out.

Focus on today.

When you start thinking about all you have to do in the coming weeks and even in the New Year, it can trigger anxiety. Instead, just focus on what you have to do today, right now. This can help keeps life and work situations in perspective and reduce the anxiety that often comes with the end of the year.

Give back.

Volunteering might sound like another “to do” to add to your long list. However, when you take a few hours out of your schedule to bag groceries for the homeless or help out at the local food pantry, you’ll actually feel refreshed and energized. Giving back is also a great way to combat the stress that can come with the holidays, while helping you make authentic connections with others. 

Take time for self-reflection.

Another tip to help stay balanced during the holidays is to take time to reflect on the past year and all your achievements. You’ve been busy and worked hard! Relax, bask in your accomplishments, and give yourself a mental pat on the back.
Take care of yourself.

Finally, don’t let time at the gym or getting enough sleep fall by the wayside during the holidays. In fact, it’s even more important to stay committed to these healthy habits, so you’re able to keep stress at bay. Continue to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, sleep eight hours, and stay active. If you’re feeling stressed, take a walk, or sit back and do some deep breathing exercises that help to calm your brain and relax your body. 

Is work the cause of your stress and imbalance? 

If your job is stressing you out—more than it should and all year—perhaps it’s time for a change in the New Year. Let Gill Staffing help you find your next great opportunity. As a leading employment agency in West Michigan, we have the expansive network to connect you to an exciting, rewarding new job! Get started now.