Holiday Stress Management

If you took a looked outside last week, it snowed in many parts of the US, and the holiday feeling is in the air.  Most of us look forward to the holiday season as a time full of good will, good cheer, good friends, and general happiness. However, for some people, the holidays can become a time of stress and anxiety. Elvis sang about having a Blue Christmas.  Holiday Blues can be caused by many factors; among the most common are increased pressures, fatigue, and over-commercialization.   In order to try to keep “happy” closely with “holidays” and help one another to cope with the related issues, please consider the following:

Impact on the Workplace: As with many other employee issues, the holiday stress can impact an employees productivity. Absenteeism, morale, motivation, and quality of work can all be affected negatively by holiday stress. So how can you help? Awareness is your best tool in helping your employees and co-workers during for them might be a difficult time of the year.

Keep an eye out for the following signs in your co-workers and yourself:

  • Displays feelings of pessimism, hopelessness or helplessness.
  • Show or express feelings of sleep disturbance.
  • Changes in appetite. May overeat or not eat enough.
  • Agitation & anxiety become more prevalent.
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering things.  Decision making may become a difficult process

So being aware is one thing, but what can you do to help? It doesn't hurt to ask.  Many people don't even realize they display these symptoms - they know something is off, but don't realize they're blue. Just saying "Hey, you look a little blue.  Is there anything I can do to help?" might be all someone needs.  Maybe they need to talk.  Maybe they CAN use some help.  If you have the bandwidth in your schedule, its always good to help.  Just make sure you don't take on so much that you stress yourself out!

We'll offer more tips over the coming days - stay tuned.