It’s that time of year again! Snow kissed trees, sleigh bells in the streets, and the dreaded holiday office party. For some people, the holiday party is a fun time to relax and celebrate with their coworkers. For others, it is the source of endless stress. If that sounds like you, here are some tips for surviving the holiday season.

  1. Know the plan – Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you this year. Make sure you know the dates of any events or parties well in advanced, allowing you to prepare your schedule and prepare mentally.


  1. Get your work done early – No one wants the stress of unfinished work hanging over them at a party. Getting all of your work done – and maybe even getting a head start on Monday’s tasks – can allow you to celebrate with no worries.


  1. Have fun with your style – Nothing gets you in the spirit more than a fun costume. Whether it be an ugly Christmas sweater or a silly holiday hat, not only will you feel more fun, but I’s an icebreaker. Your party experience will be much more fun if you’re not just sitting in the corner silently.
  1. Don’t go overboard on the gifts – if your office does a gift exchange, keep it small and simple. No one is expecting to come home with a lavish gift from work, and you’ll only stress yourself out trying to find something absolutely stunning. Keep it simple with a nice blanket or a gift card.


5.Mix with your coworkers – It can be easy to just hang with the regular crowd, but the point of an office party is to mingle with your coworkers. You don’t see half of the other departments on your day-to-day, so take this opportunity to get to know who also works for the company.


  1. Find the fun – If holidays aren’t your thing, you’ve got a little extra work cut out for you. Although the party may feel like a chore, ultimately the point is to have fun. You’re not going to have fun if you’re sitting in the corner thinking about how you don’t want to be there, so remember to loosen up and try to make the best out of the situation.
  1. Remember, ‘tis the season – If everything still gets to you, remember it’s just that time of year. The holidays come and go every year, and the stress comes and goes with it. If nothing else, just remember that things won’t be this stressful forever, and a new year means a new outlook.


Happy Holidays from everyone here at BOJ!

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