How to Survive When You Work Over the Holidays

Although Christmas can be the most wonderful time of year, if you’re stuck at work it can feel a little less special. Maybe you’d rather be cuddled around the fire opening gifts with your family, but instead you’re faithfully serving your patients, coworkers and bosses this Christmas. Well here are a few tips to make it just a bit more bearable and maybe even fun too.

1. Be Thankful

If you are working on the holidays, it can be extra hard to focus on thankfulness. However, it is the most helpful thing to do to keep your spirits bright. Make a list of the things you are thankful for and read it throughout your shift, we promise it’ll help you feel in the Christmas spirit!

2. Bring Baked Goods

Okay, nothing puts you into a cheery spirit like a yummy cookie or holiday baked good. Holiday treats are a must on Christmas and don’t forget to bring enough to share.

3. Play Christmas Music

What we listen to affects how we feel whether we like it or not! Keep the jolly Christmas music ready. If you need a couple of suggestions, we love both of the She & Him Christmas albums and Cody Fry’s newly released christmas album too!

4. Find ways to bless your co-workers

Blessing other people during your shift can be a great way to get your mind off of the holiday traditions you are missing. Make a new friend, hand out some candy canes, go the extra mile to give someone a break or give a thoughtful gift to one of your coworkers.

5. Don’t skimp on breaks & rest

In an effort to power through these shifts, it can be tempting to not take breaks and get an adequate amount of sleep when you are off the clock. But getting the right amount of sleep and taking necessary breaks, will make both your work and your family time go smoother cause you’ll be more alert and better able to engage.

We are so thankful for each of you who work day in and day out to serve your patients so well! As we celebrate Christmas this year, we would love to gift you a badge reel this Christmas, just drop us an email, and we will mail one out to you.

Alyssa McNally