As the decorations go up, in preparation for Christmas, and the New Year grows ever closer, the festive season really is upon us. This is an exciting time, but Christmas can also be stressful. There are jobs to get done at home, as well as mounting workloads in many businesses. This mounting pressure along with the obligatory Christmas parties and overindulgence can leave us feeling a little run down and not at our best. It’s easy to get back into the Christmas spirit by being organised and taking some time out for our own relaxation.
Instead of feeling stressed at work, we want to enjoy the festive period with those closest to us. Luckily there is plenty of advice to help us relax and enjoy our time off.
Here’s our 5 step plan to a stress-free Christmas.
- Plan ahead. We know a happy and successful Christmas Day needs some planning and foresight. Good organisation will save you hours of time in the lead up to the big day. The same approach can be taken in the work place. Don’t let the mince pies and mulled wine distract you. Prepare for the increased workload that is likely to arrive before and after Christmas. Preparing in advance will mean you won’t spend the Christmas period worrying about your business or your customers. Instead, you’ll be free to pull crackers and play charades to your heart’s content.
- Time management. Write a plan of what needs to be done in the coming days and assign it to a loose schedule to keep you on track. Make sure you include some ‘me time’. Leave the office on time and go to the gym, have a relaxing soak in the bath, play computer games, whatever helps you relax and unwind.
- Delegate. Don’t try and take too much on yourself, sharing responsibilities will help lighten the load and give you back some valuable time, relieving the pressure.
- Step back and breathe. Try this simple relaxation technique. Close your eyes, clear your mind and breathe in quietly through your nose for a count of 4, hold the breath for a count of 7, and then exhale through your mouth to a count of 8 letting all your tension go. Repeat up to 4 times whenever you are feeling stressed.
- Organise a treat for your team. A great way to reduce stress and improve morale in the workplace at this time of year is to book a seated massage session or other treatment package such as reflexology, manicures or Indian head massage at work. Research shows that massage at work can prove to be physically beneficial for posture and pain management, but also effective for reducing stress. Book a massage treatment with www.onsitemassageco.com before the 20th December for bookings up to the end of January and you’ll receive a free luxury pamper pack to really help you de-stress at work this Christmas.
So, with a little forethought, some good planning, and perhaps making time for a workplace treat, you really could have a stress free Christmas. When the festivities are all over, you can look forward to the year ahead. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions for more ‘me time’ to help avoid future stress.