Holiday Well-being Strategies for Faculty and Staff

December 4, 2023

As the holiday season fast approaches, it's crucial to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being. Holidays can bring about complex feelings, so here are some strategies to help that are tailored for faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Look Ahead and Evaluate

As the end of the year approaches, it may feel like there is much to accomplish. Take a proactive approach to your schedule and holiday plans. Avoid taking on too much by evaluating and clarifying priorities to create a roadmap for the upcoming weeks. Based on your priorities, create a to-do list and focus on one task at a time. It’s also helpful to start fresh in the new year! Schedule new projects and meetings to kick off in January rather than cramming them into December.

Practice Financial Wellness

Consider your budget for the holiday season. Factor in travel costs, celebrations, and gifts. Be realistic about what you can afford, aligning your spending with short-term and long-term financial goals.

Acknowledge Your Emotions

The holiday season can be emotionally challenging. Give yourself grace, take a deep breath, and step back if needed. Emotional management will help you stay on track with your holiday plans.

Embrace Gratitude

The holidays are a great time to focus on gratitude. Take a moment to express thanks to those who make your life better. Whether through a note, a creative art form, or a hug, let your appreciation be known.

Respect Culture

Acknowledge and cherish the traditions that bring you joy during the holidays. Consider introducing new traditions that resonate with the present moment. Remember, the history surrounding holidays can be complex, so take the opportunity to learn about, listen to, and celebrate diverse communities.

Enhance Community

Building connections requires intention. Seek opportunities to be with people who make you feel good. Focus on the strengths of family and friends, value diverse perspectives, and engage in conversations that are restorative and collaborative. Prioritize conversation that feels respectful, safe, and encourages trust.

As the holiday season approaches, remember you have agency to set yourself up for a holiday season that meets your needs. Reach out if you need additional support.

Happy holidays!

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