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Wellness Corner: Avoiding Holiday Stress

The success of a business can often come down to its employees, which means that taking care of them should be a top priority for employers. Offering wellness initiatives throughout your organization can be a great way to support employees and their well-being.


As part of these wellness initiatives, many companies are thinking of ways to better assist employees during the upcoming holiday season. The “most wonderful time of the year” can bring about celebratory activities with family and friends, but these activities can also bring about stress and anxiety.


Here are a few ideas on managing stress and mental health during the holidays that can be shared with employees:


Plan Ahead: Have a schedule outlining all of your holiday tasks and activities, and plan out your activities as much as possible. Doing preliminary research, whether it’s for a recipe or travel logistics, can help prevent issues.


Be Realistic: Don’t create additional stress by trying to create the perfect holiday or complete every small thing on your list. Be aware that mistakes will happen, which is ok.


Stay Active: Exercise is a great way to deal with holiday stress and anxiety.


Just Say No: If you have too much on your plate, let your friends and family know.


Acknowledge Your Feelings: Be aware of any negative emotions and understand that they are only temporary. Try to find activities that will shift the focus to feelings of happiness and joy.


Interested in sharing more wellness ideas with your employees? SynchronyHR offers wellness consulting and plan development, as well as access to extensive, corporate-style employee benefits that can help keep employees happy and healthy. Reach out today.


*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as mental health advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional.

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