How to reduce holiday stress?
This seems to be a well-asked question during December. Many people refer to this as “the most wonderful time of the year”. For business owners, this is not always the case. Between holiday gatherings, shopping, gift wrapping, making travel plans, and decorating house & office, a business owner’s life in December can be quite frantic. To reduce holiday stress this year, read on.
Here are five tips on staying less stressed during the holidays:
- Learn how to say the word “No” and mean it. Taking on a new client this time of year can cause more chaos. Making one more commitment could mean added pressure that you don’t need right now. Or take on the new client and drop a couple social engagements. Be realistic with yourself about the time you have and say “no” if you need to. There is no shame in that. Maintain balance, just as you would the other months of the year.
- Take care of yourself. Even though you may feel you can’t take the time to take care of yourself, you can’t afford not to even if you are busy. Continue to a regular sleep pattern, your exercise routine, eating well and your meditation efforts. You need all of these things to help keep you positive and focused. (See my article here that talks about steps to take to be less overwhelmed, which appeared on August 29, 2016.)
- Learn to let go. This is a great time of year to consider delegating certain tasks to others. I know this is your business and you want to do it all but you simply don’t possess super powers. Delegating to your employees or to sub-contractors is essential to remaining less stressed.
- Prepare your year-end task list. Spend some time going over the list items and put them in one of two categories: need to do or completed. Go one step further and assign a due date to the “need to do”. January is right around the corner and getting a jump start on these year-end tasks will save you valuable time.
- Relax and enjoy the season! Reward your efforts this year by taking off some well-deserved time. Make sure you schedule in some time to bake cookies and decorate the tree.
I hope you will make the time to appreciate all this season means to you. Whether it is eggnog and family parties or sitting in your favorite chair with your thoughts for ten minutes, take the time to enjoy this holiday season. Remember, reduce holiday stress by using these tips. Then, ring out the old year and watch the New Year begin with a smile, a wish, and great hope…the stress-free way!