The holiday season can be difficult for some of us, for many different reasons. Business Optimizer looks at the facts and considers some strategies for dealing with holiday stress.
The holiday season can be full of joy and excitement. But it can also be filled with stress and difficulty. So, what’s the best way to deal with holiday stress?
A poll by YouGov in the UK found that a third of women and a fifth of men feel stressed about Christmas. Of the 26% of the population that do feel holiday stress, financial worries were a significant source of stress.
With the difficult economic conditions around the world, practical and financial concerns are a significant concern for many this year.
However, Christmas and the holiday season can be difficult for all sorts of reasons. This includes:
Practical strategies for coping will depend on the cause of your holiday stress but, whatever the cause of your holiday stress, experts suggest reaching out to people who can help – whether this is a friend or relative, local support group, or national organization.
It might be that you are struggling this year for the first time. Or you might have experienced holiday stress in the past and are now dreading it this year.
The Mayo Clinic suggests the first step is to acknowledge your feelings. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy – whatever the time of year. The second step is to reach out. If you aren’t comfortable talking with a friend or relative, volunteering can be a rewarding way to reach out while helping others.
Director of the John Hopkins Mindfulness Program Nena Gould Ph.D suggests some strategies for managing holiday stress:
The Harvard Business Review has found that the holiday season can compound workplace stress for those suffering from it.
It points out, “Employees are often contending with shortened deadlines, meeting expectations for the end of the fiscal year, and coping with stressed-out customers, which are just a few of the reasons for their increased anxiety. The resulting costs for employers can be quite significant.”
Productivity can fall by as much as ten to twenty percent during December, says HBR.
HBR suggests a few strategies managers can deploy to help their people cope:
With all the additional pressures of the holiday season, it can be easy to let the things that make you feel good fall by the wayside.