The Juggling Act: Managing Holiday Season Stress

Dec 20, 2023 | Marketing ADvice

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By Charles Bell, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Alaska Business

While the holiday season is a time of celebration, gratitude, and togetherness, it’s also a season full of stressors that can take a toll on our mental and emotional well-being and relationships. Balancing these demands can feel like an overwhelming juggling act.

One major stressor during the holiday season is the pressure to create the perfect Christmas experience. From finding ideal gifts to decorating the house and hosting festive gatherings, the expectations can be immense. Social media makes this more troublesome, often creating ideals that create unrealistic expectations and unfair comparisons.

Holiday pressures spread well beyond personal and social circles. Year-end, work-related tasks can also contribute to stress, such as deadlines that must be met before the year ends. The pressure to achieve annual goals, complete projects, and prepare for year-end reviews can lead to heightened stress levels. It’s not uncommon for people to feel real anxiety that leaves them emotionally drained.

Balancing the demands of work with personal obligations can be overwhelming. The holiday season is a time for rest and relaxation, but work can often encroach on this valuable time, preventing individuals from fully unwinding.

No matter the stresses you may be experiencing, remember to take a moment to destress and prioritize self care. Setting realistic expectations, saying no more often, and delegating personal or work tasks can take some of the pressure off. For year-end work demands, effective time management and open communication with colleagues and superiors are key. By taking proactive steps to manage these stressors, you can better savor the magic of the holiday season.

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