Navigating the holiday season as a construction professional can be challenging. You might feel anxious and overwhelmed while trying to maintain a work-life balance.
You might feel stressed about purchasing gifts for family and friends, participating in family gatherings, and engaging in holiday events. You also could feel overwhelmed about taking off work to help fill your holiday needs.
Fortunately, you can take steps to navigate the holiday season as you maintain your construction job. These methods can help.
Choose among these tips to navigate the holiday season as a construction professional.
Determine Your Biggest Holiday Stressors
Understanding your main sources of stress during the holidays helps control your reactions to them. Any of these holiday stressors might affect you:
- Holiday shopping
- Making shipping deadlines
- Family time
- Spending time with extended family
- Loss during the holiday season
- Missing family and friends
- Financial concerns
- Pressure to finish work projects
- Recovering from holiday celebrations
Learn to Manage Your Holiday Productivity Expectations
Taking on increased tasks during the holiday season while working the same number of hours at your construction job can increase your stress level. As a result, you might need to reevaluate your expectations for productivity during this busy time of year.
For instance, consider eliminating, reducing, or delegating some of your holiday activities. Examples include decorating your home, buying presents, and baking cookies. Also, take time off to participate in the holiday activities that mean the most to you. Examples include enjoying your children’s holiday events at school and hosting holiday parties at home.
Maintain Self-Care Throughout the Day
Take care of your physical and mental health as you go about the day:
- Eat healthy foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Get adequate sleep at night
Engage in methods for stress reduction:
- Deep breathing
- Having casual conversations with coworkers
- Asking for help when needed
- Talking through your problems with a trusted family member or friend
- Seeking professional support when needed
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