Letigio: Real-life horror of year-end stress

Perhaps in any industry—be it corporate, hospitality, medical, business process outsourcing, to name a few, November and December are the tightest months of the year.

The deadlines are at their deadliest during the year’s last two months with most businesses trying to reach their quotas in production and target revenues around this time.

The work-related stress during this period may be difficult to handle. The last two months could be a depressing period when you have to work during All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For the last four years, I have worked through these major year-end holidays, causing me to hate the season.

It was not easy when I was a field reporter to watch people enjoying the holidays while I had to work. Back then, Christmas and New Year eves meant spending time away from the family to gather field reports.

I understand that a significant number of the population suffer the same fate as I am during the year-end holidays. Others have to beat deadlines for reports and audits, while others have to set up a new calendar of operations for the upcoming year.

Yet there are ways to remain festive and happy even though the holidays mean more work.

For one, planning your vacation leave right should be a priority. If you cannot avoid not working during the holidays, plan your leave ahead of time or plan it after the holidays.

Most on-duty workers during the holidays are given priority by the management to set their leave as a complimentary compensation for working on legal holidays.

Take equivalent vacation leave beforehand so you can enjoy the holidays early before the rush. The advantage of this is that families and friends are more than willing to spend time with each other before Christmas. You may also take vacation leave after the holidays and simply catch up with the celebrations. This allows you to rest after a grueling year-end as well.

Secondly, always plan a little gathering with fellow workers. It alleviates the loneliness of having to work on the holidays when you and your workmates can play family with each other. It creates a deeper bond between workmates when you gather together around food and talk with each other. This is the best time to understand your workmates’ quirks and backstories.

Finally, enjoy a “me-time.” Take the chance to spend a day with yourself, especially if you have tight deadlines with the additional stress of the actual holidays.

You don’t have to take a leave, but just a day off. Take a breather, a sleeping day, or just a calm day to find yourself again.

Being an adult, the holidays have lost their spark and magic because of work. So we have to create that magic for ourselves.

Taking a rest is the best gift we can give ourselves as young hard-working professionals.