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Maintaining Holiday Balance And Avoiding ‘Holidaze’ Stress


The holiday season is upon us, and for HR professionals and business owners, it often brings a unique set of challenges. Balancing work demands, employee well-being, and the desire to celebrate this festive time can sometimes lead to stress and burnout. It’s crucial to find ways to maintain that delicate equilibrium and avoid succumbing to the ‘holidaze.’ Here are some strategies to consider:
1. Do it Your Way:
The holidays should be a time of joy, not stress. Don’t let the commercialized frenzy dictate how you celebrate. Choose what resonates with you and your team, not what the retail calendar dictates. The holidays are about your values and traditions, not the number of shopping days left.
2. Keep it Simple:
Tradition is important, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Simplify your holiday plans, reduce the pressure, and focus on what truly matters. You don’t have to attend every event or buy extravagant gifts. Sometimes, the most cherished moments come from simple acts of togetherness.
3. Be an Angel to Yourself:
Don’t forget to put yourself first. Self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary. If you’re not at your best, it’s challenging to support your team effectively. Prioritize self-care and value your time. Learn to say no when needed to avoid family conflicts.
4. Sustain Your Exercise Regimen:
Amid the hustle and bustle, don’t neglect your physical health. Maintain your exercise routine, even if it’s a short walk or a quick meditation. These moments of self-care can alleviate stress and help you better enjoy the holidays.
5. Find Intentional Moments:
Create spaces of tranquility amid the chaos. Reflect on the deeper meaning of the season in a quiet corner adorned with holiday decor. Meditate, play soothing music, or simply flip through old greeting cards and photos for a moment of self-reflection.
6. Give Yourself “Holiday Cushions”:
Plan your days with extra time in between tasks to reduce stress. Learn to say no to overwhelming requests and take breaks when needed. The holidays are about enjoying, not rushing.
7. Get Ahead of Job Stress and Burnout:
Know your limits and don’t push yourself to the brink. Avoid unrealistic deadlines and spread your work tasks over manageable timeframes. Start your day with a few peaceful moments and set boundaries to safeguard your personal time.
8. Balance Activity and Rest:
Remember that self-care is essential during the holidays. Combine physical activity with moments of restorative rest to maintain your well-being. A brisk walk followed by a short meditation can help manage stress and keep you in balance.

The ‘holidaze’ doesn’t have to overwhelm you or your team. By reevaluating your approach to the season and embracing a mindful, intentional perspective, you can ensure that the holidays remain a time of joy, connection, and celebration, both in your professional and personal life.


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