4 Ways To Handle Work Stress During The Holiday Season.

We all know the holidays are stressful—either because of work, travel plans, anticipated family gatherings, and more. Research shows that 38 percent of people say their stress levels increase during the holidays. If you fall in that categories, here are some active ways you can manage this stress, according to Microsoft Principal Researcher and Design Strategist, Margaret Price. In her role at Microsoft, Margaret has enabled teams to gain a deep understanding of people and identify areas for growth and innovation, by building and scaling empathy-driven playful, immersive, and, experiential methodologies. Her experience has equipped her with the ability to solve conflict and improve productive or handle stress, especially during busy times.

Get ahead

Be proactive and take inventory of the work that needs to get done over the holidays. While thinking about your workload may cause stress, you’ll be better prepared to tackle your responsibilities once you know exactly what they are. Make a list of the priority tasks and run them by your manager to set you both on the same page. Planning is key during stressful times; you’ll be glad you got ahead of potential confusions or miscommunications.

Be self-aware

Check in with yourself and examine your current workload, and be realistic about what you can take on. You may be tempted to try to do it all in less time than you typically need, but you may encounter burnout. You don’t have to do it alone either. Figure out what you can delegate or what can wait so that you’re working in the most effective way. We pour energy into so many things without asking ourselves, “Is this really how I want to spend my time?” Carving out a few minutes to plan first can make a huge difference.

Take small steps

Start your day by creating a must-do list, breaking the day’s top priorities (both at home and at work) down into smaller steps. Doing so helps make them feel more manageable. Research shows that increased mindfulness of how time is spent reduces stress and increases task completion.

Multitask less

Like so many people, you may constantly feel your attention being pulled in different directions, both at work and at home. Download and install tools on your computer that can block interruptions (like notifications, sounds and alerts) during designated work hours.

It doesn't matter how calm and easygoing you may be on the job--stress can still sneak up on you when you least expect it. Left unchecked, stress can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and more.

Luckily, many stressors can be prevented, and are even within your control. Eliminating stress from your life will take more than just wishful thinking. So, here is a comprehensive list of things you can do to keep your inner peace.

  • Practice deep breathing 5 or 10 minutes each day.

  • Take an Epsom salt bath.

  • Write your thoughts and feelings in a journal.

  • Call your friends or family for support.

  • Try progressive muscle relaxation (PMR).

  • Spend time with loved ones.

  • Remember a time when you overcame an obstacle.

  • If religious, attend religious services.

  • Think of someone who brings joy into your life.

  • Watch a favorite TV show.

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