5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Burnout

by Natalie Meriwether, BSN

What is holiday burnout?

The holiday season can be one of the most cheerful and exciting times of the year. Family get-togethers, parties with friends and family, and community activities keep most of us busy and full of joy. Unfortunately, with jam-packed schedules, family obligations, and stretching ourselves financially, it’s easy to become emotionally exhausted and stressed. This emotional and physical fatigue during the season is referred to as holiday burnout.

What can I do to avoid holiday burnout?

While a little stress may be unavoidable during the holiday season, there are ways to avoid becoming completely burned out and still enjoy the festivities. Here are 5 of our best tips to avoid holiday burnout:

1. Set reasonable expectations:

Setting realistic expectations can help you avoid putting too much work and pressure on yourself. Prioritize, plan what’s most important to you, and leave the rest out. No one should be expecting you to push yourself past your limits.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Include family members and friends in preparations by delegating tasks when possible. Not only can this help lighten your workload, but it’s also an opportunity to bond and spend quality time with loved ones.

3. Listen to your body:

You may have heard this before, but what exactly does it mean? Listening to your body means paying attention to your physical needs and emotions and responding to them in a way that makes you feel your best. Examples include taking a break when you’re tired, eating when you’re hungry, and prioritizing alone time when your social battery is drained.

4. Remember it’s okay to decline:

As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”  Recognize your limits and know that it’s okay to set boundaries by saying no. Respectfully declining invites to events or requests that may overflow your plate is an act of self-care. It’s important to make room for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment of the season.

5. Keep your health a priority:

Prioritizing your health and well-being is essential for an enjoyable holiday season. In addition to indulging in holiday treats, keep your body nourished with nutritious foods and consider vitamins or supplements to help fill any nutrient gaps. Additionally, try to get physical activity when you can, even if it’s just a short walk or a yoga video. Moving your body regularly can help support both energy levels and mood.

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The holiday season is meant to be a time for joy, but it can also bring feelings of stress, fatigue, and burnout. To ensure a more enjoyable experience, it’s important to prioritize self-care, take breaks, set expectations, and listen to your body. By implementing these strategies, you can enjoy the festivities while still taking care of yourself.

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