The holidays can be stressful for everyone. That stress can kill your productivity during a time when you need to be at the top of your game, as you wrap up the end of the year and prepare for 2015. Here are three key ways to combat stress this holiday season:
- Take care of yourself. Now is not the time to skip meals, ignore illnesses, skimp on sleep and neglect physical activity. Take a few minutes each day to recharge at work, for example, by actually taking a lunch break or by squeezing in a quick walk.
- Learn to say “No.” If you say “Yes” to every social invite, charity or volunteer solicitation, or work request, you will quickly burn out. Be prepared to decline some invitations or requests. In addition, don’t take on more work than you can realistically complete. If it’s your boss asking you to take on more, ask him or her to help you prioritize work and shed some tasks that eat up too much of your time.
- Identify your triggers. Figure out what makes you feel overwhelmed or frustrated, and then work to prevent or avoid those situations. For example, if you are overwhelmed first thing in the morning because your commute is a nightmare, leave your house earlier. Actively work to eliminate the stressors in your life and you’ll benefit now and in the future.
— Adapted from, “Coping With Stress at Work,” www.apa.org.