It’s mid-December. The city is lit and people are nicer than usual. But maybe you, like many, silently wonder, If this 'tis the season, why am I not jolly?
Maybe on lunchbreak you fought traffic and crowds but couldn’t find the right gift for your boss. Or a client moved a meeting up to tomorrow and you don’t have time to prepare. Or you’re dreading the office party that always gets out of hand. Then add to that orchestrating a perfect family celebration and obligations, paying holiday bills, and a crowded social calendar. Now you have a recipe that can sour what starts out to be the best Christmas ever.
If seasonal stress is robbing your joy, Inc. magazine offers "9 Ways to Relieve Workplace Holiday Stress." Here are a few of the ways Inc. offers to to ease the pressure followed by a few other suggestions.
Get ready ahead and budget time. The earlier we can create a to-do list the better we can schedule our time as the holidays approach. This will help us avoid being blindsided the week before Christmas by that project that took longer than thought.
Make time for exercise. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise reduces stress increasing endorphins, which feeds your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters.
Be careful as you set deadlines. Both for yourself and those who work for you. Remember how busy things get at holiday time.
Extend grace. The more generous we are to others, the less stressed everyone will be. When people get uncharacteristically angry, remember they could be under a lot of stress. Cut them some slack rather than taking it personally.
In Addition ...
Say Thank you. It always helps to begin with a positive attitude before we even get to the workplace. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few reasons to be thankful. At Christmas…
- You get to decorate the house
- You have an excuse to wear that really ugly sweater
- You get to put up a Christmas tree and surround it with gifts for everyone you love
- You get a ton of great Christmas cards
- You get to watch the little ones enjoy their gifts
- You get to watch all those holiday specials on TV
- Of course, let’s not forget that it’s Jesus’ birthday
If you need a good laugh, check out "24 Reasons Christmas is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
The Most Powerful Stress Reliever
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year because of the gift we received. When stress, whatever the source, threatens to rob our joy, let’s take time to remember how truly rich we became on Christmas day.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)