Managing Holiday Stress

It’s that time of year again. You know… the most wonderful and magical time of year: the holidays. While most of us are truly thankful for this time of year, many are also dreading it and just want it to be over already. Why? Because even though this may be a joyous time of year, it can also be a stressful time. 

There are a variety of reasons why this time of year may be stressful. You could have a lot of things you want to accomplish at work. But your time in the library/office may be limited because we want to take time off. You also want to spend time with family and friends. Spending time with loved ones can be one of the greatest joys of the winter holidays. It can also be a time of great conflict. Even wonderful family gatherings can add stress by creating more work for those who are hosting relatives or traveling out of town for gatherings. Many of us also feel financial pressure during this season. The list of reasons we feel stressed at this time of year could go on and on, be it work-related or otherwise. The author of this article offers nine causes of holiday stress and suggests realistic ways to manage them.

For managers, the author of this article says, “Supporting your employees is a year-round challenge, and as the holiday season approaches, you may find yourself experiencing the same stressors they face… As a leader, it’s important to recognize the boundaries between your needs and the needs of others.”  The author advises managers to take care of their own mental health first and offers suggestions for what this might look like. Once you have prioritized your own well-being, it may be easier to support your staff. The author provides some excellent strategies to help the employees you manage and support navigate this season and reduce their holiday stress in the workplace. 

You may not be able to avoid all holiday-related stress, but there are some things that you can do to make it less taxing. Find what works for you and do it. Remember, your well-being —in all areas of life— is critical to living in a manner that feels balanced, fulfilling, and authentic to the person you are or want to be.