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Preventing Holiday Burnout: A Recipe for A Joyful Season

Nov 08, 2023 ● By The Hood Magazine

The holiday season, often called the "most wonderful time of the year," can sometimes become a whirlwind of stress, exhaustion, and burnout. Between gift shopping, decorating, and school events, it's easy to become overwhelmed. However, with a little planning and self-care, you can ensure that this holiday season is filled with joy and not dread.  

Here are five tips to prevent burnout this holiday season!   

  1. Prioritize Self-Care:  

Remember to take care of yourself amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Set aside time for relaxation, exercise, and activities you enjoy. A healthy mind and body are better able to handle stress.  

2. Set Realistic Expectations:  

Avoid striving for perfection! Instead, set realistic expectations for yourself and others. It's okay if everything isn't flawless; what matters most is the time spent with loved ones!  

3. Embrace Simplicity:  

Simplify your holiday traditions and decorations! A minimalist approach can be just as meaningful and less overwhelming. Choose quality over quantity and focus on what you truly love.  

4. Learn to Say No:  

It's okay to decline invitations or requests if you're feeling overwhelmed. Prioritize what's most important and honor those first. Saying no sometimes allows you to enjoy what you say yes to fully!  

5. Make Relationships a Priority :  

The holidays are an excellent time to connect with loved ones. Prioritize quality time with family and friends over the perfect event or gift. Rekindle old friendships and strengthen existing bonds.  

We asked Katie Woudstra, PsyD, of Sioux Falls Psychological Services, her advice on avoiding holiday burnout:   "For many people, the holidays can be accompanied by stress, disappointment, and loneliness. If that is how you feel, I want to remind you that you are not alone and your emotions are valid. If you are struggling, I encourage you to set up an appointment with a therapist to process any emotions you might have and learn positive interventions that can truly make a difference."  

Remember that the holidays are a time to celebrate and spend with loved ones. By prioritizing self-care, setting realistic expectations, and embracing simplicity, you can prevent holiday burnout and savor the true magic of the season!