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Holiday workers vs. Mental health

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Thousands across the nation lined up for those doorbuster deals, crowding stores for Black Friday and even slowing down the internet, shopping online for Cyber Monday.

According to Retail Me Not 85% of people planned to shop over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but 47% of those shoppers saif their shopping will be done in-store. During all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays and focusing on finding that perfect gift, we sometimes forget about employees working long hours.

Dia Arpon, a medical doctor and psychiatrist for North Central Health Care, said as a holiday employee the best thing to do is only take on what you can handle- that goes for employees in a store or making deliveries.

“There’s only so much that you can do, you’re only one person, stay as close to your routine as possible,” said Arpon. “Focus on what you’re doing in that immediate moment and try to get through it. If you think of everything that you’ve got to do and all the orders you’re going to get overwhelmed and that’s gonna be counterproductive.”

And through the hustle and bustle, Apron said it’s important to remember, “you don’t have to do everything yourself and you don’t have to be the perfect employee just try to do the best you can.”

While it feels like a lot of the holiday shopping has come to an end, there’s still more than three weeks to go.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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