As we all know, along with the joy of the holidays comes the inevitable stress, especially at work. Sure, there are people bringing in treats and gifts and the break room is decorated, but underneath all this, the fact is things need to get done before the calendar hits 2018. To top it all off, people are in and out of the office, taking time off, and the people that are there, well, they don’t want to be.

It’s easy for anyone to get worked up this time of year. Attempting to balance life inside and outside the office can certainly have us feeling stressful. With that being said, here are a few tips to help you feel more comfort and joy this holiday season.

 

Be Conscious of How Others Feel About the Holidays

While the holidays are meant to be a joyous time of year, it can be easy for people to not feel this way. Old, un-welcomed memories arise, people are missing loved ones, and December brings about the realization that another year has come and gone. With that understanding, you never know what people are going through this time of year. Therefore, don’t take anything personally. Give people the benefit of the doubt. If they are acting unusual or in an unpleasant way, understand that it may just be the season that is getting to them and nothing that you are doing.

 

Don’t Rush Things Just Because

More than likely, all the things you’re trying to get done won’t get done before the end of the year. The last thing you want is something done poorly just because you wanted it done in these last few weeks. Instead, prioritize and figure out what can wait till the new year. By doing this you will eliminate some stress from your life and also do a better job on the most important things on your end of year to-do list.

 

Just Breathe

Studies have found that focusing on deep breathing when things become a bit hectic is the easiest way to create a sense of calmness. In fact, it’s better to not wait until things become stressful. Instead, you should take time to deep breathe two to three time per day. Focus on taking three deep breaths into the pit of your stomach, inhale for three seconds, hold it for a second and follow by exhaling for three seconds. Do this twice and on the third round double the seconds for your inhale. When you do this, you will feel calmer and more relaxed and everything will seem much more manageable.

 

Do Some Reflecting

December marks the end of the year and, therefore, presents an excellent time to look back on the positive experiences. You can simply take a few minutes now and again to think back, or even better, write them all down. Write down all the new things you’ve learned and the important projects you did a great job on to help your employer. This will leave you feeling gratuitous and positive and ultimately less stressed and more joyous, which is exactly how you should be feeling this time of year.