We all know how life can get around the holidays. Attempting to balance your full-time job, hosting a holiday meal, shopping for gifts, and reaching your goals can be difficult to manage when you have so much on your plate at once. While you want everything to be perfect, stress levels can start taking over and make you feel like you can’t think straight. We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks that we hope will ease your mind this holiday season!
Schedule Your Day
Take a few extra minutes at the end of your day to figure out your plan for the following day. You can use your calendar on your cell phone or a paper planner. Schedule yourself enough time to accomplish your goal and don’t overbook yourself. Make sure to schedule some “breathe room” so you don’t feel like you’re overlapping each scheduled event. You can even schedule your lunch break!
Take “Me Time”
It can be easy to push aside a break and stay a little longer to make a phone call or write one more email. You need to focus on your well-being and take a moment to step away and breathe. After getting out of a long meeting, go outside for five minutes, or if you’re hosting a holiday event, take a break by closing your eyes and focus on your breathing while you count to 10. This may seem silly, but you will feel better!
It’s Ok If You Don’t Accomplish Your Entire To-Do List
Sometimes our schedule doesn’t go as planned and we need to change gears. Don’t get stressed out, just shake it off. You can readjust by finishing up the following day or ask for some extra assistance. If you keep focusing on what you didn’t complete, you won’t be able to focus on the goals that you have achieved!
Wanting to balance everything at once can be hard, but with a little planning ahead and knowing your limits you can alleviate some of that stress. Be sure to take some time to care for yourself and have a happy holiday!
Kelly Slingerland, Recruiter
Kelly grew up in Albany, New York and attended The College of Saint Rose where she graduated with her degree in Business Administration. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help others achieve their long-term goals! Outside of work Kelly enjoys traveling, going to Disney World, and trying new food!