Taking Control of Holiday Stress

Are you one of the millions of employees who found themselves making a shift to remote work during the pandemic? You've probably already passed the honeymoon phase. What started as a breath of fresh air and increased motivation may have quickly turned to unhealthy habits being formed. Just know you are not alone. 

Worky creates laptop workspace solutions that simplify life and help reduce stress – and we’re very good at it. We’ve asked R&D to use their same magic to solve holiday stressors. The holiday season requires a lot of work to pull off the perfect Hallmark memories.  It is because of this pressure that people find themselves in front of tons of demands ? work, gift shopping, party planning, cooking, cleaning, caring for elderly parents or children on school break, among a million different things to do.  This means goodbye to rest and relaxation over the holidays. Like Worky as part of your everyday work life, with a little practical planning, you can minimize the holiday stress and depression. 

Here are some tips you can try to rid yourself of holiday stress: 

  1. Acknowledge your feelings. Don't force yourself o be happy during the holidays even if you've just lost a loved one or if you're feeling sad that you can't spend the holidays with your loved ones. It's OK now and then to take time just to cry or express your feelings.
  1. Seek support. If you're feeling down, seek out family members and friends. They can offer support and companionship. You don't have to go through the holiday stress alone.
  1. Be realistic. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Hold on to those you can and want to. But accept that you may have to let go of others.
  2. Learn to set aside your differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all your expectations. Set aside any grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion.
  1. Stick to a budget. Before going shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and other items. Then be sure to stick to your budget.
  1. Plan ahead of the holidays. Set aside specific days for holiday shopping, cooking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make one big food-shopping trip. That'll help prevent a last-minute scramble to buy forgotten ingredients. Expect travel delays, especially if you're flying.