Are you stuck working over the holidays? Has this left you feeling sad and disappointed? That’s certainly understandable! But there are things that you can do to hopefully make your situation a little better. Author Lynze Lenio has a few suggestions:

  • Try negotiating – Even if you have to work on a holiday, would it be possible to adjust your hours so that you can enjoy a little bit of down time on that day? Or maybe you could work from the comfort of home (which may allow you to enjoy a little bit of the festivities that are going on)? Ask your manager if there’s any flexibility.
  • Reschedule your celebration – Talk to your friends and family, and see if they’d be willing to celebrate on a different day. If that’s not possible, you could plan your own party on a day that would be convenient for you. Two celebrations are better than one!
  • Stay away from Facebook and Instagram – Try to avoid looking at other peoples’ happy holiday pictures. It will only make you feel worse about your situation. Instead, if you need a little distraction, stick to non-holiday-related media. Cat videos are always good!
  • Be productive – OK, so you have to work on a holiday, and that stinks. But if you focus on your work and stay busy, you won’t have the time or energy to feel sad. So create a “to-do list” for yourself, and work to get all of those items done. You’ll feel good about yourself at the end of the day, and the time will pass more quickly!

Lenio, L. W. (n.d.). Stuck at work on the holiday? Your survival guide. The Muse. Retrieved from: