As Christmas Day draws nigh, and the season gets more hectic for most, this is your reminder to take it easy and avoid burnout this season.
Although it’s coming down to the wire, and this is a stressful period filled with mountain-high to-do lists and prep work, here are five tips of how you can avoid burnout and enjoy the holidays:
There is always somewhere to go and something to do during the season. Someone somewhere will want you to visit, and this can sometimes feel overwhelming. But a large part of managing this is understanding your limitations and respectfully declining occasions you are unable to attend.
Set realistic expectations
When planning for the holidays, avoid fatigue and unnecessary stress by managing your expectations. Setting unrealistic goals will set you up for sure disappointment if you’re unable to achieve them. Be honest with yourself and know that things may not always go according to plan.
Priorities your tasks
This season can have you feeling like you need to do and have everything, all at once; don’t fall for that folly. Instead, manage your tasks or things-to-do list and ensure you detail attainable tasks. Examine what is most important to you and let go of the rest. You can’t possibly do it all.
If you know you have a mountain list of things to be done. Get cracking on that as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the last moment to execute your holiday ideas. Begin as soon as possible and pace yourself in bringing that vision to life. This saves you the extra exertion in the long run.
Remember to rest
In all you do, take regular breaks and remember to rest. Don’t allow the craziness of the season to cause you to lose rest. You’ll likely enjoy it more when you are well-rested.