How to Avoid Festive Burnout This Christmas

How to Avoid Festive Burnout This Christmas

 

It’s supposedly ‘the season to be jolly’, a once-a-year chance to experience comfort and joy with your nearest and dearest.

But many people (51% of women and 35% of men, to be precise*) find the Christmas period stressful.

The reasons for this anxiety can include the pressure to socialise, the strain of hosting family and the cost of buying presents.

So, how can you ensure you make it through to 25th December without feeling frazzled, irritable or worried about money?

Here are five ways you can enjoy the spirit of the season without burning out.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ sometimes

December can be a frantic month with Christmas parties, work and family commitments all making demands on your time. Some people thrive on this relentless pace, but if you’re not one of them, politely decline some invitations. Instead, arrange to meet people in January when you’ve more time and energy.

Avoid overindulging

Mince pies, Yule logs, pigs in blankets, eggnog, mulled wine – no doubt there’ll be plenty of food and drink on offer to you this month. But if you don’t want to feel sluggish on Christmas Day (and do want to be able to do your trousers up), pace yourself. Enjoy a little bit of what you fancy, but don’t overdo it.

Keep things simple

If your to-do list is a mile long and making you anxious, pare things back or delegate a few jobs to other people. Focus on the simple pleasures that make you feel at ease, and don’t worry too much about keeping up with the Joneses or whoever else you follow on social media.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts

While it’s lovely to give and receive gifts, they don’t have to be expensive. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t afford costly toys or designer goods. A thoughtful, modest gift that shows you care is what matters most. Or you could give a gift that costs nothing. Promise to babysit for a friend or take an elderly relative out for the afternoon; the gift of time can be the most precious of all.

Take it easy

It’s called the ‘holiday season’ for a reason. Ensure you get a chance to put your feet up at some point. Schedule in a few days where you don’t see anyone (other than those you live with) and don’t do anything. Make time to recharge your batteries.

From all of us here at NAME, we hope you have a safe and happy festive season.

* Source: YouGov

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