Three ways to manage stress before the holidays

There are only a few weeks left of the year and much to accomplish until then. I think we are many who can feel the stress around this period. To manage the stress and all the tasks on your to-do list there are some concrete things you can do. Here we share our three best ways on how to get a stress-free Christmas holiday!

1. Prioritize

To remember what to do and know what is most important, it’s often helpful to write a to-do list. Then you can prioritize the work tasks according to how important they are and how long they will take. In that way, you can structure your work easier, estimate how much time each task will take and what you need to do before Christmas, and work that can wait. Perhaps some meetings are manageable in 30 minutes instead of the classic hour.

2. One thing at a time

When we’re stressed, we want to be as efficient as possible, which is why we often multitask. When we think we multitask, and do several things at once, we just let the brain jump from task to task. Our brain is not built to do several things at once. Instead, let your brain focus on one thing at a time. For example, you can set an alarm that rings when it’s time to change the task so that you can focus on the work.

3. Physical activity

When we get stressed, physical activity is usually the first thing prioritized away to save more time. But actually, regular physical activity reduces stress hormones and helps to not respond as strongly to stress. Starting to work out three times a week at the gym may feel like a big step, but you can always start with something small. For example, you can take a walk at lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take the bike instead of the bus, or have a walk-and-talk meeting.

Do you want additional tips on how you can manage stress in your everyday life or do you have anything else you would like to get help with? We are here for you and are happy to help you!

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