With the end of the year quickly approaching, a lot gets piled onto the calendar; events, parties, work obligations, family commitments, shopping and preparations. It’s hard to maintain your high holiday spirit when there is so much to do and only so much time to do it in. Here are a few ways to battle the stress of the holidays so that you can enjoy them.
Keep Yourself Healthy
One of the easiest ways to avoid burn out is to maintain your health. When the time crunch starts, the first thing to go often are sleep and healthy, balanced meals. Not sleeping enough or eating at your desk or on the run all the time will make you burn out faster. Make time for full meals and 6-8 hours of sleep to recharge your body.
Take Time Off & Delegate
During crunch times you might often find yourself “doing it all simply because you have passion for your work or business. However, everyone needs to take some time out to relax though and you can’t do that if you are doing everything. To free up your time to keep normal work hours or take a break during the day, delegate some of your tasks to other employees. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help. Often, people are very willing to assist you so that you can get some relief and enjoy life.
Once you have delegated your tasks to free up your schedule and have a proper meal and sleep, unplug from technology. It’s very easy to continually work without even realizing it. How many times have you “just quickly checked an email”? Your eyes and brain need a break from screens to unwind. Social media and emails can just be a constant reminder of all the things you need to do, which creates anxiety. Make a conscious effort to put technology away after a certain time of day to help you unwind and relax.
Remember to have fun at your job! Find ways to insert some fun and laughter into your day. If you keep your own morale up at work, you will find yourself coming home happy. Combine this with the other steps above, you will create a reccurring cycle of happiness during the crazy holiday season.
Written by Stacy Werner, Bartercard Buffalo. You can find the original post here.