For some people, the holidays are a magical time full of friends and family, big gatherings, gifts, and more. For others, it’s chaotic and stressful for the same reasons. But if you aren’t protecting your peace, nobody will. So, let’s look at a few ways to keep the holiday exhaustion at bay.
Stop Saying Yes
You don’t have to say yes to every holiday invitation. You can’t be everywhere all season long! Plus, people will understand because, odds are, they’ve turned down a few invites as well. Think back to previous years and how many times you said “yes” when you wanted to politely decline. Did this lead to holiday burnout?
Keep Your To-Do List in Sight
If you keep a running list of the things that need to be done, it can be easier to turn down an invite. You never owe anyone a reason! However, most of us are programmed to give a little more than that. Keep your to-do list in sight, and you’ll have reasons to fall back on.
Give Up the Idea of Perfect
The holidays often don’t turn out exactly how you pictured them – and that’s okay. The point is to spend time with the people you love. So if that’s what happens, then you’ve succeeded.
Make YOURSELF a Priority
During the holidays, we tend to put others first, so much so that we let our mental, emotional, and physical health falter. This season, change the narrative and prioritize yourself when you can. By doing this, you can give your best self to the people around you and, in turn, have a peaceful season.
Spend Time With Your People
This season, dedicate your time and energy to the people you truly care about. People often think that not being “everywhere” all season long means they don’t have the holiday spirit, but that’s not the case. This time of year can and should be a time to rest and recharge.
Knock the Hard Stuff Out Early
There are always a few things on our to-do list that we’re dreading, whether cleaning, shopping, or decorating. This year, knock these things out early or modify them so they aren’t SO bad (think: online shopping or minimal decorating). A Holiday scented candle goes farther than you think!
How do you find peace and calm during the holiday season? Share your own tips with us in the comments below!