How to Avoid Holiday Burnout

The holidays are getting near! With planning meals, baking far too many sweets, trying to get the best buy on the most outrageous present, and traveling to see family members all while trying to remember to move the darn Elf on the Shelf, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed. As much as we all love ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, many people can’t help but feel a certain sense of anxiety or even disappointment. If the thought of Jingle Bells gives you a small panic attack, here are three tips to get you through this holiday season.

  1. Sleep. This one may sound a bit obvious, but it is extremely overlooked. Have you looked at your December schedule? The weekends leading up to the holidays are usually filled with work parties, friend get-togethers, and long nights at the office trying to get everything done in order to have a few days ‘off’. Unfortunately, with such a packed schedule, the first thing people tend to sacrifice is sleep. The best way to combat the low energy and fatigue that tends to accompany the long holiday to-do lists is to keep up with your sleep. Not only is it restorative and energizing, it keeps your mood up for the extra family time you may not be used to.
  2. Think about you. As much as the holidays are about visiting with family and friends, they are also about taking time to unwind, unplug and recharge your batteries. With the hustle and bustle of preparing the house, the presents, and the meals, many people forget to take some time for themselves. Rather than baking a tenth batch of cookies ‘just in case’, head to a Pilates or movement class. Plan a visit to the chiropractor or naturopathic doctor leading up to or during your days off. Book a visit to see your massage therapist, get a BodyTalk treatment or sneak in to see your physiotherapist to get stretches to relax those stress muscles that you know are starting to tighten up. Taking care of yourself makes the holidays that much more enjoyable.
  3. Celebrate. Whatever you believe in or are celebrating this time of year, remember to actually enjoy the holiday. So many of us get caught up in running around the malls and the grocery stores that we forget to take it all in. Take an evening to check out the wonderful Christmas lights around the city! Rather than picking up the computer to check that sale price for the fifth time today, play a game with your family. Enjoy the excitement that comes with December. It only comes once a year!

Lead Integrated Health Therapies will be closed December 24, 25 and 26 so we can sleep, think about us, and celebrate! As always, please feel free to stop by the clinic with any questions or concerns you many have.

Happy holidays everyone!

Dr. Rikki Mackenzie