Handling Year-End Stress

Handling Year-End Stress

In the business world, December is a stressful time filled with month, quarter, and year-end reports and reviews. Many companies will choose January to make fresh starts, so this month is filled with scrambling to prepare for exciting launches. ⁠On top of that, there’s added holiday stressors and less time in the office. This year, don’t let the stress take over your life, set yourself up for success with these tips. 

Set a Bedtime

This might seem somewhat juvenile, but parents are on to something when it comes to setting a bedtime for their kids! Assign yourself a bedtime and stick to it. If you work from home, make sure you stop working at least a couple of hours before you decide to turn in for the night. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to bed at midnight or 9 pm, your mind and body need the rest. The simple feeling of being well-rested can alleviate both physical and mental symptoms of stress. 

Vent to Someone

Boss or coworker driving you up the wall? Talk about it with someone completely removed from your work life. It’s better the person you vent to has no connection to work so they can remain neutral. Let them know whether you’re looking for advice or just want to talk for a bit. There are likely tons of friends and family members in your life ready to hear about your grievances, happy to offer a way to help you. Talking about your stress can lift some off your shoulders. 


Lists are the superheroes of organization. Make separate master lists for December, one for work, one for your personal holiday chaos. From there, break down your lists in whatever fashion works for you, weekly, daily, or both! Whether you create your lists on a phone or in a physical notebook, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing off a task. Tip: instead of deleting or completely scratching out a task, highlight it – this way you can see exactly how far you’ve come. 

This year, despite many of us not being able to gather for the holidays, life is extra stressful. As guidelines continually change many are also finding added stressors in the workplace. It can be hard on both the mind and body to handle so much at once, but know that you are not alone! These are excellent tips to use in addition to your regular self-care and exercise stress-coping methods

Take a deep breath and crush the stress before it crushes you!