Overcoming Holiday Tension

At we edge towards the end of 2015, the annual recurrence of holiday tension has arrived. December brings too many deadlines, more holiday parties than you want to imagine, and greater than usual personal commitments.

The result? More stress, more tension, and more anxiety which creep into the fabric of many organizations. What to do? Consider these tips to manage through the next few weeks.

Deadline madness. Of course, some year-end deadlines are real, but others are placeholders (“we need to complete this by the end of the year”….not really). Don’t contribute to the stress by adding false deadlines.

Be selective. You don’t need to do everything. Decide which festivities are the most important to attend, and send your regrets to the others. Make sure you go to one that you really want to go to and don’t just feel an obligation.

Mini celebrations. If you’re super busy at the office, consider a “mini” celebration in lieu of a big holiday shindig. Bring in a festive breakfast or order in lunch, and take that time to acknowledge and express your appreciation for everyone’s good work during this hectic period.

Don’t blurt; think first. During times of stress, many people blurt out the wrong comment at the worst time. Take a few seconds to consider what you’re about to say, then temper it. You don’t want to contribute even more to your staff’s stress.

Quiet time. Make sure you keep up with your meditation, yoga, or other reflective activity. If you don’t do anything like this, take five minutes of uninterrupted time to simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You’ll be surprised how refreshed you feel even after just a few minutes.

These are only a few ideas to get started. Email me some of your personal favorites….of course, when you have the time!

Have a great day!


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