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    6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 19, 2010 7:16 PM by DebbyBlitzLoc

    Any tips on managing stress during the holidays!

    teacup Wayfarer

      This is the busiest time of the year for businesses. Wondering if anyone has any tips on managing stress, etc.
        • Re: Any tips on managing stress during the holidays!
          CorpCons08 Ranger

          One of the most important things to do is have open communication with your employees. I would suggest a morning huddle up to discuss the goals of the day and to get feedback about any issues employees may be having. You could also end the day with a wrap up, to do the same thing. Employees appreciate knowing that their feedback matters, especially during the holiday season. Also remember, the holidays can be busy for businesses, make sure your employees get adequate break time in order to refresh so that they do not get burned out.

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          • Re: Any tips on managing stress during the holidays!
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            • Re: Any tips on managing stress during the holidays!
              Lighthouse24 Ranger

              Unfortunately, being "busy" may cause us to stop doing the very things that help us handle stress -- regular exercise and a healthy diet. Under stress, our bodies produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause hormone imbalances, a rapid loss of nutrients, and reduced immunity. Physical exercise reroutes the adrenaline and halts the release of cortisol. Decreasing the intake of certain unhealthy foods (many of which are convenient "fast foods" or sweet holiday favorites), and increasing the intake of specific healthy foods, can help replace nutrients more quickly, regulate hormones, and restore immunity.


              Not being able to say "no" can also cause holiday overload and stress. It may be more difficult to tell someone no, and to fend off feelings of guilt during the holidays than at other times, yet we have to able to keep our time commitments manageable.

              And unlike Clark W. Griswald in all the National Lampoon Vacation movies, we have to have realistic expectations for ourselves and for everyone else to begin with. A "perfect" holiday season is going to require about 900 percent more work from everyone than a "great" holiday season.
              • Re: Any tips on managing stress during the holidays!
                DebbyBlitzLoc Adventurer
                Stress can impact employees at any time of year, not just during the holidays! Open communication is a great suggestion.

                I once worked for a company that brought in a massage therapist every Friday. She was paid by the minute (by the employees not the employer) she did neck rubs and upper back massages. Although employees still had to pay for her services, having her available at work and being able to use her services during our work day was a huge hit! Employee morale sky rocketed and you could literally see the reduction in stress around the office!