Holiday Blues: How to De-Stress Despite the Deadlines

Take the time to unwind for better productivity

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The holidays can be a stressful time both personally and professionally. With Christmas and New Year’s Day quickly approaching, deadlines must still be met, agendas set for the new year, and gifts purchased in time. The list goes on and on. Balancing it all can be overwhelming and can lead to higher stress levels. Don’t overburden yourself this holiday season. Use these tips from Madame Noire to help you unwind.

At Work: Stressers at work can be at an all-time high at this time of year, as projects may need to completed before the year’s end, you may have more meetings with potential clients to ink deals to start 2013 off, or you just want to get organized before the new year comes in.

There are ways to elevate pressure on the job, especially before a major presentation or meeting:

  • Keep a photo of your significant other or close friend with you. “A minute or two spent looking at the photo before you are ‘on’ can reset your nervous system. You’ll then feel more relaxed and confident because you’ll feel more grounded and at home, even in an uncomfortable or unusual setting,” writes Inc.
  • Keep something on your desk to play with, like a squeeze ball. “The process of squeezing and tensing muscles and then letting go–even if just using fine motor movements–drops your heart rate and makes you less nervous. You can also play with beads or roll stones in your hand; that’s why playing with a pen helps many people focus.”

Read more at Madame Noire

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