It’s that time of year again. The end is within reach, and no one can believe “where this year went.” I mean, really—how many times have you said that since Halloween?
No matter what you celebrate this time of year, the race to the holidays is in full swing. Through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and on to shopping, baking, cooking, and wrapping, there seems to be no time to take a break.
And outside of holiday preparations, workplace stress loves to hang around during the holidays—it doesn’t take any time off. During the holidays, over 56% of people surveyed reported that work is their primary driver of stress.
That’s because we worry that work will infringe on our ability to enjoy the holidays with friends and family, and we stress about whether or not we’ll be able to take time off from work to relax a bit.
But that’s a challenge even if we get the time off: Only 41% of men and 27% of women strongly agree they can relax during the holidays.
So, knowing all that, it’s pretty easy to let your job completely ruin your holidays. Here are three ways we seriously sabotage ourselves this time of year (and what to do instead).