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Three Ways to Manage Your Stress During the Holidays

Holidays are made fun with lively music and decor, opportunities to visit friends and families, and, of course, time off from work. But let’s face it, winter holidays can also be extremely stressful, more than any other time of year.

So how can you take charge of your workday and ease the pressure of this time of year? Here are a few strategies to help you enjoy the year right up to the end, frazzle-free.

Stay Organized By Bookending Your Days:

If you want to reduce your stress load during the holidays, you need to plan ahead. One of the best ways to do that is to take 5-10 minutes at the beginning and end of the day to write down what you plan to achieve for the day, and assess whether or not you achieved it.

When you first wake up, don’t check your phone, social media, or the news. Instead spend a few minutes clarifying your top 3-5 tasks for the day, and writing them down. At night, before you go to sleep, review how things went and think ahead for the next day. Stay ahead of the ever-growing task list in November and December.

Say No and Focus On What You REALLY Want:

With the holidays around the corner, your ‘to do’ list is bound to get longer, and often others are bound to try to lighten their load by putting their tasks on your list. Saying “no” is a must during this time of year, but you might feel uncomfortable doing so. You don’t want to appear rude or burn any bridges. How can you create healthy boundaries?

First, focus on what really matters to you. Write down your priorities so that you have them in tangible form. When people ask you to take on responsibilities that do not align with your number one goals, respectfully decline them without beating around the bush, delaying, or otherwise indicating that you are “considering it.”

Be firm, be respectful, don’t be afraid to say no twice if you must, without getting irritated. People will eventually get the message.

Reduce Interruptions:

Except for when it is necessary for work purposes, get into the habit of keeping your phone off and out of reach. Give yourself permission to work in new environments if you need to put some physical space between yourself and potential interrupters, and let your colleagues, friends, and family know what times you are available to them, and when you need time to focus on your tasks.

The holidays can be stressful, but they needn’t be, not if you stay conscientious of the way you manage your time, energy, and interactions with others. And when you reduce your stress level you will better be able to better enjoy celebrating with the people you care about.

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Holidays at AMA in New York City

Holidays at AMA in New York City


‘Tis the season of business travel during the holidays; when the inevitable question of business or pleasure is sure to come up. However, when traveling to New York City, especially during the holidays, it doesn’t matter if your soul purpose of travel is business; there are plenty of holiday activities that can bring pleasure to any business trip. The following is some of the fun that can be had between meetings during your visit to AMA’s Executive Conference Center located in the heart of NYC’s Time Square.

Union Square Holiday Market

Being away from home on business during the holidays can make anyone feel a bit like Scrooge. A visit to the Union Square Holiday Market is guaranteed to make up for lost time, when you bring the most unique gifts home to your loved ones. Click here to learn more about the Union Square Holiday Market.

Holiday Jazz Cruise

Sightseeing in NYC can be done in style while sipping on hot cocoa (spiked if you choose) and tapping twinkle toes to a yuletide beat on a 1.5-hour Holiday Jazz Cruise. Observe the city lights by water, as a live Jazz Trio plays all the holiday favorites. Click here to learn more about holiday statue and sightseeing cruises.

Sippin’ Santa Pop-up Bars

When it’s time to mix and a’ mingle in the jingling feet, miracles don’t happen on 34th, but rather 12th Street, where the Sippin’ Santa Pop-up Bars return, with Christmas-themed drinks to keep you warm and bring you cheer. Click here to learn more about the Miracle and Sippin’ Santa Pop-Up Bars in New York City.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Perhaps the most dazzling of Christmas trees is found in the Rockefeller Center, standing 72-feet-tall, adorned with 3 million Swarovski crystals. This tree brings a sense of holiday magic to any spectator, no matter their age. Click here to learn more about activities at Rockefeller Center.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

See more Swarovski crystals shine in brilliance, as they shower the costumes of the famous, show stopping, leg kicking Rockettes, at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This dynamic performance has been a NYC favorite since 1932. Click here to learn more about the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show.

No need to feel ‘bah humbug’ while attending a December conference or meeting at our AMA Conference Center in NYC. We’re conveniently located near the best restaurants and entertainment; you’re in good hands this holiday season. Whether you have a couple minutes, hours, or days, there’s an event nearby guaranteed to spark the spirit of the season!

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