7 Tips to Navigate Holiday Stress at Work 

As we step into the holiday season, it’s important to acknowledge the unique blend it brings to our workplaces: festive joy mixed with, surprisingly, a bit more stress.

Did you know, a Healthline study suggests that 62% of people report feeling their stress levels rise during the holidays? For those in HR, learning and development, or anyone focused on employee wellbeing, this time of year offers a unique challenge. It’s an opportunity to address and manage these stressors thoughtfully, transforming them into opportunities for nurturing a supportive and productive work environment.

In this blog, we’ll explore 7 practical tips to help you guide your team through the holiday stress, not just to manage it, but to use it as a stepping stone for building resilience and a stronger workplace culture.

  1. Embracing Stress as a Reality: Let’s start by admitting it – the holiday season can be stressful. Encourage honest conversations where team members feel safe to share their worries. This isn’t about solving all the problems, but about creating a space where stress is acknowledged and accepted.
  2. Championing a Balanced Life: Work is important, but so is life outside of it. Urge your team to draw clear lines between work and personal time, especially during the holidays. It’s essential to recharge and recognizing the need for rest is a step towards a more balanced life.
  3. Realigning Year-End Goals: Are those year-end targets always realistic? Or needed to be wrapped by the last work day in December? Let’s revisit them. Reducing the burden of unrealistic expectations is a straightforward way to alleviate stress.
  4. Promoting Stress-Busting Activities: Why not introduce some fun and relaxation into the workplace? Think mindfulness sessions, team-building activities, or even a simple group relaxation exercise. These aren’t just breaks; they’re crucial for maintaining mental wellbeing during high-stress times.
  5. Building a Supportive Community: Let’s turn our workplace into a community. Share holiday stories, challenges, and maybe even some laughs. Whether it’s through team events or casual chats, fostering a culture of support and understanding is key.
  6. Encouraging Community Engagement: There’s something fulfilling about giving back. Encourage your team to get involved in community service or volunteer work. It’s not just about doing good; it’s about feeling good too.
  7. Planning for Post-Holiday Blues: The transition back to ‘normal’ can be tough. Help your team by setting post-holiday goals and priorities. It’s about easing back into the routine without feeling overwhelmed.

And that’s a wrap.

We hope these tips will help you and your team in managing stress during the holiday season.

Remember, despite any stress, the holidays are an opportunity to relax, recharge, and create lasting memories with those who are important to us.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and an early happy new year!