How to recover from work stress and enjoy the holidays.

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James MaloneWELLNESS TRENDS
By James Malone

In the build up to the holidays the tendency is to finish as many outstanding tasks as possible.

The year end brings its own pressures and work stress. This simple elevation in work stress and anxiety combined with the push to buy gifts can leave us in a weary state once the holidays arrive. Then of course there is family, relatives, kids, cooking, shopping, travel and traffic once you do take your vacation.

The process of disconnecting is often hard once you leave work. In our daily work routines we have tasks to accomplish but once the holidays begin we find ourselves uneasy and wrestles. This is often filled with the seasonal cleaning, fixing and shopping tasks which we have pushed to one side.

It’s important to realize that having a break and resting is crucial to our mental and physical health. Before the holidays begin consider these few ideas which may make your vacation this year a little more relaxing.

Prepare For Holiday Stress

Before the holidays start, get out a pen and paper and write down your top stress triggers. For example are you stressed about holiday weight gain, gifts, party planning or family.

Write down under each one how you intend to manage them. What is your normal reaction and how could you change and improve this. Think of ways to best prepare or avoid these stresses. For example if it’s shopping try and get it done earlier and don’t leave it till the last minute. If its weight think about healthy snacks and fruit during the day so you feel fuller and less inclined to snack on high calorie snacks.

Prepare For Holiday Time Out

More often than not the time you intend to use resting and relaxing is taken up with chores or visits you would prefer not to make. In a similar way to the previous exercise pencil in your day on the calendar. This is a day you set aside for yourself, family or friends. Scheduling quality time once or twice to do the things you want will help you relax and enjoy the holidays.

Take A Deep Breath And Let It Go

Sometimes all the preparation in the world won’t prepare you for when things are out of control. For example a flight cancellation or busy traffic. If you can’t do anything and it’s outside of your control, then breathe and let it go.

If you do feel overburdened then simply ask for help, delegate. The holiday season is also a great time to re connect with friends, share moments and un-burden with someone who is happy to listen.

Sleep Well

Having limited holidays generally results in us over planning. This can leave little time for sleep and rest. For the first few days write down what’s on your mind on a piece of paper 10 minutes before bed. Write it all down, no matter how trivial.

After the first few days rest at night but remain active during the day. We have all experienced the feeling of sitting on the sofa for two days, you feel worse than ever. Get some casual exercise during the day. Exercise is proven to boost your mood and energy levels by pumping endorphin’s though your body which will also result in a better night’s sleep.

Have A Tech Break

It can be tempting to check your phone, emails, browse the web when your board. We know this over checking can add to stress levels and anxiety. Consider a tech break over the holidays, only answer important calls and leave office mail in the office.

Holidays are an important part of our physical health and you should try and make the best use of the limited time you have. Plan and organize how you will manage your stress triggers and if you can’t change something simply let it go. Enjoy the precious moments, family and friends and have as much fun as possible.

Wishing you all a stress free Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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