Have you experienced the stress of the holiday’s leaking into your work environment? With pressing end of the year deadlines and short weeks due to vacation on top of personal stress that is known to be on the rise this time of year, it can be a recipe for disaster at work.
Mentally preparing yourself for this potential scenario can be key in preventing yourself from falling victim. The one thing you have control over in your work environment is YOU. With that said, manage your own personal stress first.
Be sure to practice good self-care and reach out for support if you have factors in your personal life causing you anxiety or depression during this time of year. Unmanaged personal stress will negatively effect your professional world no matter how skilled you are at “compartmentalizing.”
Take time to plan for good time management. Get ahead of the game by using lists, calendars, phone alerts, and prioritizing tasks.
Having a clear vision of what’s coming and solid plan for how you will tackle each piece will lower the risk for becoming overwhelmed during intense times at the office.
While you don’t have control over other people at the office, you do have control over how you respond to them. Preparing yourself for other’s who may not practice good self care and find themselves highly tense throughout the season can help you depersonalize negative behavior. When you can recognize that someone’s poor attitude is their own issue and does not actually have anything to do with you personally, it can protect you from letting toxic anger into your mind and body.
Remaining cool, calm, and collected when tension is rising prevents conflict from escalating. Kind acts, smiles, and good attitudes are contagious. If you know that your office struggles with stress during the holiday, remain mindful of these coping techniques to be a positive influence to others around you.