How to Combat Holiday Stress and ‘Presenteeism’ In the Workplace

Holidays are supposed to be a time of family, friends, food, and fun. But for many business owners, it’s a time of pressure and stress.

Holiday Stress

A Healthline survey found that 65 percent of respondents from Generation X and 61 percent of Millennials feel some stress during the holidays. About 62 percent of Baby Boomers fell into the same category. If you feel stressed during the holidays, you’re certainly not alone.

“Stress is heightened during the holiday season,” Bill Scheinman, a San Francisco-based life coach who focuses on stress reduction, told Entrepreneur.com. “There is the existential stress that comes as the year nears its end. We assess the place we’re at in our lives and decide if we’re achieving our life goals or not.”

One of the biggest stressors is work. According to the American Psychological Association, work adds more stress to the holidays than home life. This could be in part because, during the holidays, people feel pressure to participate in holiday celebrations at work.

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