Mental Health Professionals

Managing Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a time of increased spending, end of the year deadlines, high expectations, and overscheduling. According to BetterHelp, a mental health platform, around 45% of employees are worried about stress levels during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are ways to decrease stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Ways to reduce stress

  1. Make a plan for the end of the year. Start with simple, daily goals and build to the long-term goals. Setting and achieving goals improves focus and motivation.
  2. Have mental check-ins with yourself. What do you think you are doing well and what can be improved upon? Repurpose your weaknesses to be new year goals.
  3. Take advantage of mental health resources. If you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), use it. If you need time to reset, take a PTO day.
  4. Set realistic boundaries and expectations. Over-extending yourself will only lead to more stress.
  5. Adhere to your holiday budget. The holidays can easily become the most expensive time of year if you are not careful.

While there is a lot to look forward to at the end of the year, the holiday season is much more enjoyable when you actively manage stress levels and achieve a healthy work-life balance.