Is It Too Late to Beat December Burn Out?
We're a week away from Christmas and two weeks away from New Years. Is it too late to beat December burn out?
If you've got juices left, hang on. It's not too late to make some changes. I'll give you some tips on how to get through the rest of the year with your sanity and energy level intact.
Instead of accepting tradition and going along with how things have always been, or how things "ought" to be, stop. Think. What do you really want? What can you really afford? How much time do you realistically have?
Consider the big picture, and then be intentional about what you choose to do and what you choose to sit out. You'll feel less pressure and experience more enjoyment if you set boundaries early.
Communicate Early and Clearly
I tend to host events during the holidays and there are always people who either don't RSVP or RSVP at the last minute. Don't be that guy.
Holidays are times for gathering. So that everyone can plan and pace themselves, show consideration by communicating your plans early and clearly.
It may not be easy if you are declining an invitation. You may get pushback. And you can stick to your guns and do what's best for you. "Thanks for the invitation. It's not going to work out well this year" is enough.
Plan Your Down Time
Most of us cram more activities and commitments into an already packed schedule. Change it up this year.
Schedule in naps, breaks, and lots of sleep time. I know. I know. This isn't the done thing, but it should be. It's winter. Hibernation time.
If you think of it as self-care, it may be easier to say yes to relaxation and stick to your plan.
Stick To Your Daily Routine
One of the ways that we make space for the additional demands is to give up the routine that keeps us stable, energized, and healthy the rest of the year. Don't!
Don't give up sleep, eat on the run, or skip the gym to go to that party, get your shopping done, wrap those presents, or work extra hours to pay for your increased spending. Find another way to make it work.
Your daily routine is your foundation. Never chip away at your foundation.
The holidays are meant to be joyous times. When we downsize our expectations and dreams to what we can afford, have time for, and have the energy for, we can have meaningful celebrations that fuel us instead of drain us.
Share your tips in the comments. I'd love to know how you do it.