Holidays can be stressful | Destress with Viva Insights​

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To kick off our enlightening holiday series,  

we’re bringing practicality to well-being theories.

We all know how stressful the holidays can be. You’ve been pushing to meet deadlines for work, trying to find the perfect gift for that picky uncle of yours, and catching up with family you haven’t seen for 12 months. Staying off Santa’s Naughty list gets harder by the minute, but don’t fret, my friend; we have a remedy to help you find some zen this holiday season. 

What’s the solution? 

In a hybrid-work world, the work/life balance lines continue to blur. With Microsoft Viva Insights, you and your team can find balance and de-stress for the holidays. The holidays should be relaxing and joyous, so take advantage of these features to be more present during the holiday season and enjoy the company of your family.    

 Focus Time | Gift yourself some time 

 Everyone’s rushing to finish work before the holiday and this “go go go” attitude is likely to cause more mayhem and unproductivity. If you can relate, Viva Insights’ “protect time” feature is for you! This feature includes two capabilities: focus plan and quiet time, both equally important and useful.   

By designating up to 4 hours per day for focused work, the focus plan in Viva Insights helps you block regular uninterrupted time for your highest-priority tasks. You can also use quiet time in addition to this feature to silence chats in Teams and mute notifications.  

To activate these capabilities, simply open Viva Insights, click on Protect time, and book timeslots when you’re most productive. Viva Insights recommends timeslots when you’re free and not booked for a meeting to make it even easier for you to choose your focus time. 

A screenshot demonstrating how users can access the protect time feature on Microsoft Teams.

Find peace and joy through guided mindfulness 

Aside from booking yourself focus time, Viva Insights also provides users with guided meditation techniques to feel more present.  

A 5-minute mediation exercise like “Stressed” can help users become more aware of their state of mind and reframe their negative emotions. Take advantage of these exercises to stay focused and maintain inner peace when stressed.    

A screenshot of all the mindfulness practices available on Viva Insights.

Vibe your way to a stress-free holiday

Quiet time can be too quiet for some. Sometimes we need to find a rhythm we can cling to and just vibe.  

If you find it easier to focus with music, check out Viva Insights’ Lo-Fi times and Zoom out playlists—designed to energize and boost your focus. 

A screenshot of Viva Insights' playlists.

Well, that’s it for today! We hope these jolly tips help you feel more relaxed and focused during the bustle of the season.  

If you’re looking for even more ways to de-stress this year, consider automatizing some of your processes to minimize your workload! Let those AI elves do the heavy lifting so you can focus on more important work—like devouring those milk & cookies. 

 

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