Sure, we all love the lights, coziness, gift giving and traditions. That’s what the holidays are all about, right? This is what everyone gets so excited about. Images of fireplaces, decorating the tree and baking cookies dance through our heads. We crave this time of year.
The truth is, there is a downside to the holidays. Crowded shopping malls, awkward work parties, and an overload of time spent with family – these are all an introvert’s nightmare. Not to mention the stress of the delicate financial line that many people walk during the holiday season.
Many people find the Christmas season a very emotional time – many even sinking into bouts of depression despite the eggnog and Christmas tunes.
Holiday burnout is real but also preventable. Holidays are traditionally about giving to others. It is meant to be a selfless time of year. However, it is this exact concept that pushes us out of our comfort zones and into a state of overwhelm. Carving out time to give back to yourself is essential. This holiday falls at the end of the year. Instead of trying to rush, you need to spend processing the past year. You need time to make a game plan for the one upcoming in just a few weeks. You cannot emotionally and mentally process all of this and prepare yourself to enter a new year when you are pouring from an empty cup.
Avoid Holiday Burnout:
- Create a budget – finances are the last thing you should be worrying about this time of year. If you feel you must give a gift and it is out of your financial reach, make a quick DIY present. Homemade sugar scrubs and baking go over really well, I hear.
- Limit parties – Sometimes it is nice to get out and socialize during the holidays, but choose wisely! Don’t feel obligated to attend something that you really have no interest in. Going to a party and making forced conversation is draining and this is time you could be spending on yourself. Pick the gatherings where you know you will have the most fun.
- Take breaks from family – You know how it goes. Your parents are having Christmas dinner at their place, your sister is inviting you over for Boxing Day, your aunt decides she must also have everyone over for dinner…next thing you know, your entire week is booked full. Have conversations early about limiting the family get togethers, or let people know in advance that you may not be attending every single one.
The holidays are the most important time of year to focus on self care.
I have always said that I love Christmas Eve but Christmas Day is my least favourite day of the year. When I was younger, I could never understand why I felt that way. I was surrounded by family, great food and tons of generous presents. Why did this day bother me so much? Why wasn’t this my favourite? Was I ungrateful?
As I have gotten older, I realized that I love the quaintness of Christmas Eve. It is filled with all of the quiet traditions that I look forward to every year. It is a reprieve from the hustle and bustle, a calm moment before the craziness of Christmas morning arrives. It wasn’t that I was ungrateful, it is that there is a stark contrast between feeling so calm and settled to entering into a flurry of people, food and it’s just that those gifts didn’t matter. It was the time spent where everyone just enjoyed each other that mattered the most to me.
Why do we stress ourselves out when we can make the entire month of December feel like Christmas Eve? Why do we neglect ourselves during this busy time of year?
This year I have decided to take all of the things that I love about Christmas Eve and spread them out over the holiday season. The wonderful times that make you feel warm and cozy on the inside. These ideas are soothing and help you survive the Christmas season. They will also help prepare you for a potentially cold and blustery January and February. No longer will I face the season dreading parties, avoiding wrapping gifts, and the feeling of “ugh, I actually need to leave the house to go to this family dinner”. Instead, bring on the relaxing, the gratitude, the feeling of comfort, and overall holiday well being. Enjoy the eggnog, savour the season and know that you are doing good things to take care of yourself. Finish the year strong in order to start the year strong.
I have created a 12 Days of Self Care – How To Keep Yourself Grounded During The Christmas Season guide. This is packed with awesome stuff to do over the holiday season to help keep you sane and prevent overwhelm. These are the things you love about the season but can’t seem to fit them in. I can’t wait to dive into these ideas myself – I’m craving for it! Sign up below to download the guide!
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