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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set realistic boundaries and expectations. Over-extending yourself will only lead to more stress.
- 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.