As the busy open enrollment season swiftly approaches, for some taking a few deep breaths and bracing ourselves for what’s to come may be warranted. As I start to prepare and accept the stress of planning, crunching and racing against time, I also try to remain focused and tend to the matter at hand – helping to provide an efficient, smooth open enrollment.

During this time, it can be very challenging for employers. After all, open enrollment isn’t exactly a walk in the park—from the deadlines, to questions, to communicating complicated information—tensions rise in the workplace. So, the need to find more positive ways to connect and communicate with your co-workers is essential. One way I’ve discovered to relieve stress and tension at work is laughter.

The months and weeks leading up to open enrollment can be overwhelming and daunting. However, a good way to experience relief from all of the stressors that come with planning, working through numbers and preparing for meetings is to find a way to laugh.

I’ve found that taking the time to tell a funny story or two to a co-worker, or thinking about a situation that made me laugh helps to relieve tension. It can even be as simple as thinking about that hilarious episode of your favorite television show that made you laugh the night before. I even sometimes turn to my Smartphone and tune in to the latest comedy podcasts to take the edge off.

Here’s a great quote I came across by Steve Goodier that really sums it up: “Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.”

Let humor and laughter be your passage to surviving your most stressful times of the year. When you’re feeling tense or overwhelmed, stop and think about a funny joke you heard – or just plain and simple – laugh out loud! After all, laughter is known to be the best cure for what ails you.

Written by Amy Boulden

Amy works as a benefits communications specialist. Her creative background in graphic design has allowed her to create a library of client communications. Amy’s approach is to focus on simple, clear language and relatable graphics to effectively educate employees.

Trion Communications