Prevent Burnout This Holiday Season! 8 Practical Ways To Stay Calm

Prevent Burnout This Holiday Season! 8 Practical Ways To Stay Calm

Family conflicts, work parties, shopping crowds, oh my! The holiday season can be fraught with chaos, drama, and overwhelm.


Burnout is the feeling of desperation, extreme stress, and demotivation. And 'holiday burnout' is brought on by the extra demands and expectations of the festive season.


With an over-scheduled social calendar plus the demands of entertaining, shopping, and decorating, it's easy for panic to set in. Not to mention family and interpersonal conflicts that can arise because of increased stress levels.


So... want to transform your traditions from turbulent to tranquil?


Here are 8 ways to prevent holiday burnout and stay calm.


1. Set an intention

What do you desire for this holiday season? What do you want to do? How do you want to spend your time? Focus on the simple pleasures and make them the centre of your plans. It will help you maintain perspective and keep calm.


2. Make a plan

The key to preventing an overly full schedule is a plan. List out all the things you want to do and then schedule them into your calendar. Before committing to any requests, you can simply say "Let me check my calendar". If it doesn't fit? Feel free to decline. This can help ensure that you don’t take on more than you can handle.


3. Schedule self-care

Your own well-being is a priority. In between all the socialising with friends, family and work colleagues, it's important to have white space in your calendar. Making time to rest is vital to maintaining balance and avoiding holiday overwhelm. While you're making a plan, remember to schedule in time for some restful self-care.


4. Drop the guilt

You are under no obligation to attend any event - even if it's with faaaaaamily. There's no need to feel guilt or shame for saying no. If you'd like to go to a party and leave early, that's fine too. Give yourself permission to do the things that are important to you and forget the rest.


5. Ask for help

You don't need to do every single task yourself. If you need help, ask for it. Be direct about how other people can support you during a busy or stressful time. When people want to help, telling them a concrete way that they can actually assist is a gift, not a burden. Calm clear communication empowers everyone to work together constructively.


6. Keep small rituals

During the chaos of the holiday season, it can be hard to maintain a routine. Keeping small rituals such as a simple bedtime routine can help provide a feeling of calm in an otherwise irregular schedule.


7. Practice calm

Self-regulation is a skill. Which means during stressful times, coming back home to calm is a practice. When you feel tension rising, take a deep breath and focus on the exhale. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and calm you down.


8. Maintain connections

Holidays can be an isolating time. So if you're feeling lonely, it's important to maintain social connections. Reaching out via phone or video conferencing can help bridge long distances. Volunteering is also a great way to connect to others and feel part of something larger than yourself.


Takeaway

The holidays can be a stressful chaotic time. But by setting intentions, crafting a plan that includes self-care, asking for help when you need it, and giving yourself permission to do what is right for you - the holidays can be a lot calmer.

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