I think we all can agree that the time fly’s between Halloween and Christmas. Our families are challenged with everyday events, appointments with kids and then comes the cleaning of the house, work, and other miscellaneous stuff, which can sprout up at any given moment. So how can we alleviate stress?
Here are just a few ways to minimize stress during the holidays,
Health and well-being
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Minimize the intake of processed foods
- Don’t overindulge, it’s very easy to do this time of year
- Drink plenty of water
- Hydrate your body
- Proper hydration can reduce fatigue, improve endurance, lower your maximum heart rate, and more.
- Remember coffee and other drinks such as energy drinks can dehydrate.
- Just 15 to 30 minutes a day is recommended for adults
Why wait till the last minute?
- Prepare well enough ahead
- Preparing a list and prioritizing can lessen the stress
- Check them off(this will bring a sense of accomplishment)
- Work deadlines
- Be mindful of the calendar. There are fewer weeks to accomplish projects and with the three-week window before Christmas, ultimately you can add stressors with unrealistic deadlines.
- Employers, whatever you can do to reduce stress by helping those employees with projects which need to complete before the holiday
- As an employer remember how busy our lives are outside of work around the holiday season.
A positive attitude is great for the health and well-being
- Be mindful of others
- Give them a break from meetings or projects
- Be kind and understanding
- Help those employees who have added work and crazy deadlines
- Taking things personally
- Stress can bring those with a short fuse to an explosive outburst
- Don’t take comments personally.
- Walk away and defuse the situation.
- Being mindful of others
- Give compliments and try to notice when others are helping you or the company.
- Lift the spirits and help those feeling stressed feel at ease.
- Acknowledge their doing a good job. Take the worry out, and this can go a long way.
As the Christmas Carol says “Tis the season to be jolly” So keep the “bah humbug” out of this Christmas Season!
Merry Christmas from everyone at Safety Connections!