The holidays can be tough. For many in the workforce, this means a much busier time of the year, higher quotas, longer hours, and more. Couple that with family visiting, holiday shopping, and cooking and you can easily start to feel the stress weighing heavy. In order to not feel the burnout of the holiday season, you’ll need some tools and tips to help you manage your stress. So, here are a few of our favorites ways to reduce stress and help you get through this holiday season:
- Do Something For Yourself
Start the day or work week off on the right foot by treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee from your favorite place or a special breakfast on your way in when you’d know it’ll be a stressful day. This will bring you into work feeling good and can help break up the tension for the rest of the day. When you have a stressful morning you can often set yourself up for failure through the rest of the day, so try to make it a positive morning.
- Try To Focus on Organization
Organization, whether it’s of your tasks or the papers on your desk and helps you feel more put together and can ease stress. Knowing exactly where something is can not only make your job easier but can also diminish the panic of searching for something when you need it right away. A plus to mail ting organizations is that it can often lead to high productivity and efficiency levels.
- Take Some Walks
If you have some extra time during your lunch or another break try taking a walk inside, since it’s likely cold, or outside for some fresh air if the weather permits. Sometimes just changing up the pace of your normal day-to-day can alleviate stress and physical exercise is known to be a stress reliever. This is especially beneficial if you have an office job so that you can truly give yourself a true break. Try not to think about work while you’re walking; who knows, you may come up with your best idea when you have a clear mind. Exercise has been proven to reduce the effects stress has on the body while greatly improving your mood.
- Listen to Music
A good jam session with your favorite playlist is always a good idea when you’re feeling stressed so try to turn it on during breaks, free time, or during your commute when letting off some steam. In fact, Researchers at Stanford University have said that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” If you’re able you can even listen to calming music, such as classical, while completing your task as well since classical music is known to aid in focus as well as stress relief.
Overall, it’s easy to feel stress in the workplace, but being able to acknowledge it and take action using the methods above will best help you conquer those feelings of stress and burnout and will help you get through this holiday season.