Balancing work and your personal life can be a struggle throughout the year. But when you add the holidays to the mix, things can get very stressful. Here are some pointers to help get you through the holiday season:
Keep in mind that most people in the office will want at least one day off between November 24 and January 2, and not everybody can have it. This is why it is important to ask for the day(s) you want off in advance. Waiting the holidays are right around the corner is probably not the best idea, especially if you and your family have already made travel plans.
Leave Your Job at the Office
The holidays are stressful enough as is, so bringing work home with you isn't a good idea. Home is your place to not think about work and just enjoy the company of family and friends. Bringing your irritations home from work is a sure way to interfere with your holiday fun, so leave your work at work.
Know When Enough is Enough
When it comes to holiday preparation, many of us feel the need to go above and beyond, which leads to spending time and money to make sure everything is perfect. The solution? Don't. The holidays are a time to be with your loved ones and enjoy eachother's company. Something like a nice, simple meal is perfect because it is a great way to catch up with everyone.
Call For Backup
Nobody is Superman, so don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask your spouse or kids to help out with chores around the house so if you do need to stay at the office for an extra hour, it is one less thing you have to do when you get home. Spreading out the workload is a good way to make sure things between work and home do not get too stressful. Just remember, a simple, "Thank you," is always much appreciated.
The holidays aren't meant to be a stressful time, so be sure to keep these pointers in mind and enjoy the upcoming holiday season at home and at work!