During the busy holiday season, it can be easy to get caught up in what seems to be an endless list of “to-dos” – gift shopping, decorating, baking, hosting events, etc. And while many hope for relaxation and quality time with loved ones over the holidays, it can be easy to feel the stress associated with the season.
The term “Holiday Burnout” is used to describe feelings of extreme stress, an inability to enjoy activities, and a feeling of desperation. Those who struggle from holiday burnout are often overwhelmed by the perceived demands and expectations with preparations of the holiday season.
While it may be easier said than done, given the busyness of the season, there are a few tips and strategies you can employ to help decrease the likelihood of suffering from holiday burnout.
- Pick Your Priorities
Take 15 minutes each day to write down the 3-4 tasks that are important to you and focus on completing those.
- Shop Early
Avoid long in-store lines and the stress of online packages not arriving on time by shopping early. If you haven’t yet started, now is the time to get shopping.
- Set a Budget
Smaller, meaningful gifts can be just as impactful as big luxurious gifts. You can eliminate the anxiety from bills rolling in when you set, and stick to, a budget.
Planning to host a big meal? Assign family or friends to bring a side dish. You can also ask for help in the kitchen on the day of the event as a way to have assistance and make special memories with a loved one.
We all know the importance of sleep. That importance doesn’t go away during the holiday season. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night for more energy throughout the day.
Laughing releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones. If there is a mishap in the kitchen or the new recipe is not what you hoped for, do your best to laugh it off. Perhaps keep some ready-to-eat appetizers in the freezer as a backup.
Many people who suffer from holiday burnout have taken on too many responsibilities, either because of pressure from others or expectations of themselves. If you or a loved one are suffering from extreme holiday stress, try formulating a plan using the tips above and take time to focus on the elements of the season that make you happy.