5 Tips To Better Handle Holiday Stress

The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, to take some time off work, or even escape for a winter getaway. For all the joy and fun, though, so comes the stress.

Managing Holiday Stress

The expectations of social events, gift shopping, and entertaining guests can become too much for even the most festive types. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association 8 out of 10 people expect to experience an increase in stress over the holiday season.

With stress comes a greater risk of anxiety and depression, and reports from the Mayo Clinic show that depression is frequently an unwelcome guest over the holidays.

All is not lost however, there are many ways you can minimize your stress and anxiety to allow you to truly enjoy the season.

Set A Budget

Shopping can be fun, but spending money isn’t always easy, and Americans spend almost a $1,000 every holiday season on gifts alone. It’s unavoidable, but you can minimize the damage by setting a budget and sticking to it.

A lot of the stress that we experience during the holidays is due to financial pressure and the Mayo Clinic suggests that setting a budget can be beneficial to your stress levels. Work out how much you can afford to spend on food and gifts, and stick to it.

Exercise

The American Heart Association wants you to stay active all the time, but it’s extremely important to keep that up during the holidays. Any activity or exercise you can fit in will help reduce your stress and elevate your mood. It’s going to stimulate endorphin production and trigger a positive feeling in your body.

You might be busy, but if you can find time to exercise for half an hour three times a week, you will feel better. You can go walking or jogging, swimming or biking, play sports, and find time for aerobics.

Take It Easy

The American Psychological Association reminds us that we need to take time for ourselves. There are parties and gatherings and we are constantly surrounded by people. It’s great to be with the ones we love and laugh about the old days.

You shouldn’t miss all those great times, but what you should be careful of is setting unrealistic expectations. You can’t do everything, and it’s okay to take time out for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes.

Stay Smart

The holiday season is a time of indulgence, but as the Mayo Clinic directs- it doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy ways. There’s no need for a free for all that will just add to your stress.

Enjoy yourself, but try having healthy snacks before holiday gatherings so you don’t over snack while you’re out. Make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep, as you are more likely to overindulge after a poor night’s sleep.

Choose Your Battles

We all have someone in our circle that rubs us the wrong way. It’s only natural- not everyone can always get along. Allowing someone else to get under your skin, though, is only going to ruin your holiday and increase your stress levels. Learn to pick your battles, and don’t take the bait.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you have a real problem with someone, set it aside and save it for another day. Even the calmest people can lose their cool during the holidays.

Bottom Line

Self-care is conscious choice and this is even more true during times of more stress, such as the holiday season. Make sure to take the time and create a deliberate plan! Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a time of fun, family and relaxation, don’t let stress interfere with this great time of year.

 

 

Ask the Flexpert…How to Plan for Holiday-Staffing Needs

Holiday-staffing needs are an annual challenge for business. How can you improve the way you handle them?

Try these quick ideas to satisfy holiday-staffing needs:

Engage Employees in Planning

Request employee assistance with tracking time-off requests. Also, let your employees know you are using this year’s holiday to plan for next year. This not only improves the data you’re gathering, but it also creates buy-in from employees.  They become a part of the decision-making process to solve holiday-staffing needs.

Collect Holiday Time-off Requests 

Ask for all holiday time-off requests now from permanent employees.  The more advance notice and leeway you have for staffing, the better. Again, let employees know why you need this information and how it helps you solve your holiday-staffing needs.

Use Current Staff Flexibly

Look at the needs of the busy time or a time when many will be on vacation to see if permanent staff can fill new or different roles. This can sometimes be fun for employees, to get to do something different from their usual work.

Set Customer Expectations

If you’re unable to be at the desired staffing level, then identify appropriate ways to avoid disappointing customers. Let them know in advance what to expect.

Temporary Staffing Solutions

Many organizations make use of temporary staff during the holiday season. For short-term solutions, perhaps to cover the Thanksgiving weekend or the Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Flexicrew can place skilled and qualified workers in your open shifts. We also can often find a last-minute replacement for a worker who abruptly takes off during the holiday season.  We recommend for temporary or seasonal employees that you have a specific and detailed agreement and set of requirements. Include date and time commitments.  If you know your busiest time, then require that all seasonal employees be available to work those days.

For those planning ahead with longer-term vacancies, Flexicrew can supply workers for three-months or longer assignments. Filling holiday schedules with seasonal workers offers the added bonus of staffing with workers who want to work the holidays. They may be alone, or in a new community, or just find it satisfying to be with other team members during the holidays.

Many organizations that want to avoid that annual hassle of holiday-staffing needs have turned to Flexicrew to handle all staffing requirements. We offer the advantage of a national search and an industry database of temporary workers.

Strategize for next year

With this year fresh in mind, give yourself a running start thinking about holiday-staffing needs for next year.  But our best suggestion is to take notes now. Then set aside time to plan for 2019 holiday-staffing needs.

Final Thought On Holiday-Staffing Needs

The holiday season can be stressful for HR and operations managers alike. With added holiday-staffing needs, consider this a time to deepen relationships with employees and customers by showing you care about meeting their needs … and that you value their consideration in return.

Your Next Step

Interested in a meeting with us this fall?  We can discuss how Flexicrew Staffing can help your business with temporary worker recruitment, temp-to-permanent, or direct hires.

Contact Flexicrew today for more tips or ideas on how to deal with holiday-staffing needs . We can help you to develop your plan and find your staff.