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3 tips for relieving holiday stress at work

There is no denying the holidays can be stressful, especially when you are at work. Some common holiday stressors include:

  • Busier professional and personal life
  • Increasing deadlines
  • Running out of vacation time
  • Co-workers and managers who are on edge

No matter the cause of your stress, you may feel like you need to accept it. However, there are plenty of steps you can take to combat the chaos of the holidays at your job. Here are some actions you can take to relieve some of the anxiety and pressure you experience.

1. Drink water and eat healthy foods

Your physical wellbeing is crucial during the holidays. This hectic time of year takes a toll on your body, so it is essential to nourish it. While you may want to sustain yourself with coffee and delicious holiday treats around the office, try to resist over-indulging. Of course, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself for working hard, but be mindful of what you consume so you can stay alert.

2. Determine what tasks can wait

You may overexert yourself during the holiday rush. If you have a desire to answer emails off the clock or squeeze in another meeting before you get home, ask yourself if it can wait. Not every task requires your immediate attention. Learn to give yourself a break.

3. Practice kindness and compassion

The holiday season can be a stressful time for everyone. If someone at work is rude to you, try to respond in a polite manner. Realize that other people may be going through tough times. However, if you deal with repeated harassment or discrimination, that is an issue that could require potential legal action.

Do not let the holiday season wear you down. Follow these guidelines to have more peace of mind at work.

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