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Keep well at work this Christmas

Thursday 4th December

With so much to do, at work and at home, we can all get a bit overwhelmed over the festive period – here’s some top tips to help keep you happy and stress-free at work in the run up to Christmas…

Plan ahead & prioritise tasks

Make sure you plan your workload effectively so you know when your colleagues and clients are planning on taking their Christmas break - this could influence how you work and which tasks you prioritise. This in turn can help you reduce feelings of stress and being overwhelmed with the amount of tasks you need to get done.

Try not to get too distracted

Sometimes it can be easy to get carried away with all the fun of the festivities and even though Christmas is a time for relaxing and being merry, your work will still need to get done. Keep a healthy balance and set yourself short terms goals to achieve before your Christmas break – this will help keep you motivated and on track.

Be clear about what you can realistically take on

If you are expected to take on extra workload over Christmas due to covering for colleagues who have holidays, ensure you prevent burning yourself out by being clear about how much work you can realistically take on. Setting realistic expectations for what you can achieve will help you feel calm and in control of your workload.

Don’t neglect your health at work

If your workload gets busier over the festive period, make sure you still take breaks, get fresh air and if possible some sunlight in your daily routine. Incorporating exercise into your day is good for your mental health and wellbeing, as well as your physical health and taking time out for a break can help you refocus on the task at hand.

Enjoy your Christmas break!

If you are planning on taking time out of the office over Christmas, try to switch off from work– giving yourself time to unwind, relax and enjoy the festivities. Avoid checking work emails unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Plan for your return effectively

Give yourself time during your first day back in the office to deal with backlog of work or emails and make a list of key tasks to tackle. It can be a good idea to make a list of key tasks to do on you first day back before you leave for your Christmas break – you’ll then have a clear list of things to achieve on your first day.

Useful links:

Beat stress at work with advice from the NHS.

Mental health tips for over the Christmas period 

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