Survive the Festive Season with These Stress-Busting Tips

Christmas: A Season of Festive Fun or a Stressful Frenzy?

The Christmas season is a time for joy, cheer, and of course, plenty of stress! Between family gatherings, shopping sprees, and the pressure to create the perfect Christmas experience, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. But fear not, for we’re here to help you navigate this joyous yet demanding time without losing your festive spirit or your sanity.

Survive the festive season with these stress-busting tips.

Baby its cold outside.

Christmastime is a time for giving, but not giving up your own needs and well-being. It’s perfectly okay to decline that extra party invitation or that last-minute baking marathon. Saying ‘no’ allows you to focus on what truly matters to you and makes December more enjoyable overall.

One more sleep.

Sleep is the ultimate stress reliever, so make sure you’re getting enough shut-eye throughout the festive season. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to recharge your body and mind. A well-rested you is better equipped to handle the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

Holly jolly Christmas.

Healthy eating is not just about weight management; it’s also essential for maintaining mental clarity and reducing stress. While you’re indulging in festive treats, don’t forget to fill your plate with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along the way.

Jingle bell rock.

Regular exercise is a great way to combat stress and boost your mood. Even a short walk or some light yoga during your lunch break can make a significant difference. So, lace up your trainers and get moving!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety. Even just a few minutes of mindfulness can make a big difference in your overall well-being.

Lonely this Christmas.

Don’t try to shoulder all the responsibilities yourself. Delegate tasks to family members, friends, and colleagues. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.

All I want for Christmas.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it’s easy to forget to appreciate the simple things. Take time to savour the delicious food, the laughter of loved ones, and the warmth of the holiday spirit.

Step into Christmas.

Make time for activities that help you relax and recharge. Whether it’s reading a good book, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music, find things that bring you joy and help you de-stress.

Underneath the tree.

Christmastime is about the spirit of giving, not giving yourself a panic attack. Remember to enjoy the season, focus on spending quality time with loved ones, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year?

Remember, Christmas should be a time of joy and celebration, not of stress and burnout. By taking care of yourselves and prioritising your well-being, you can survive work during the festive season with our stress-busting tips. Enjoy the season to the fullest and create lasting memories that will bring you happiness throughout the year.


If you’d like to read more about reducing stress in the workplace, try reading our blog The Mindful Office: 5 Simple Ways to improve your Well-being, reduce Work Stress and increase Productivity.


Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!


How to register with a recruitment agency

How to register with a recruitment agency

 The job market is changing. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS)*, job vacancies are reaching record highs. Over the period June to August 2021, job vacancies grew by 35%, with all industry sectors increasing their number of vacancies. This is great for the job searcher and now is the best time to enter the job market or look for the next step in your career.

With employers looking to recruit again following the impact of COVID-19, many employers are leaving the recruitment process in the hands of the recruitment agencies. This means it is a great time to register with a recruitment agency so that you’re first in line to hear about a new job.

Octopus Personnel is Gillingham High Street’s local recruitment agency, finding the right people for the right jobs in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. We recruit for permanent and temporary positions from warehouse, production, and industrial, to office and technical jobs.

With lots of people realising that recruitment agencies are the best way of job searching, how can you make sure that you are the first person that springs to mind for a recruiter?

The key is in a successful registration. Alice gives her top tips to successfully register with Octopus Personnel and ensure you stand out at your appointment.


What is a registration?


What is a Registration and Why Does it Matter?

A registration with Octopus Personnel includes a 20-minute appointment with one of our friendly Octopus Recruitment Consultants. We also need some necessary details to be able to help you on your job search like your personal details, identity check and GDPR form so that we’re complying with our legal requirements. It doesn’t take long to fill in, we promise!

Your registration is an opportunity for us to meet you face to face and have an informal conversation with you. This enables us to get a better feel for the types of jobs and employers that would be the best fit for you and your interests and skills. We are looking for the right person for our clients and a job for you that you will be happy in.

All our registration appointments are face-to-face so that we can dedicate time to get to know you and consider how best to represent you to employers. Thanks to the joys of technology, you can either come to our office in Gillingham or have a meeting over FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp!


How to have a successful registration


How to register with a recruitment agency

Be Honest

Be honest with yourself and us with the types of jobs you are looking for and are likely to seriously consider. Let us know if there is a salary you need to reach to pay the bills and let us know about anything that will affect your job search or employment.

Our team is friendly and approachable and have a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of situations. They will give you feedback on your CV and let you know any changes they think might be needed. They’ll listen to your experience in other jobs – good and bad – and give you advice on interviews and what jobs might be a good fit.


How to register with a recruitment agency

Be realistic

Think about what you want – are your expectations achievable? Do you have the skills and experience for the job you want? Are your salary expectations reasonable?

For some jobs you might need to do some assessments, for example, Word, Data Entry, Excel or even Welding. This gives us a great idea of your suitability for a job and means that you will stand out to the employer.


How to register with a recruitment agency

Be flexible

We might see potential in a job you’ve not considered before. Be open to new ideas and types of working. Keep the days and hours you can work as flexible as possible. Consider shift work, temporary jobs, and events. You never know, the client you work for at an event might be impressed with you and have a job opening. Or the temporary job might turn into a permanent position. It happens a lot!


How to register with a recruitment agency

Be confident

Be confident and show us who you are! We’re here to help you find the right job for you, so we need to see who you are. Let us get to know the real you and we can give you tips and advice to show your strengths for the jobs you want.


How to register with a recruitment agency

Keep in contact

Keep us up to date with any change of details. Let us know if you’d consider new types of jobs or working hours. It all helps us to find the right match for you.

Sign up for our job alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We post our new jobs on our website and our social media, so if you see a job that you like, let us know!


How to register with a recruitment agency

Remember our top tips!

We’re here to help.

First impressions count so consider the way you dress and present yourself. Be kind, courteous and respectful.

Listen to our advice! We want you to succeed and we’ll use all our expertise and experience to find you the right job.

Take the tests! Some job roles require skills assessments or short video introductions or video interviews. Don’t be shy and don’t put these off. See this as a great opportunity to put yourself ahead of the competition.


Register with Octopus Personnel and kick start your job search today!

At Octopus Personnel, we take the time to really get to know our job searchers because we love what we do, and we love changing people’s lives for the better.

We are experts at presenting our job searchers to our clients, so that they can see all the skills and experience you can bring to a job. Years of industry expertise and great relationships with our clients means that we are the best solution to find you the right job.

Book an appointment to register with us on 01747 825568 or send us your details here.


Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!