Sometimes even those of us who have a ton of Christmas spirit can even fizzle out. The obligations of seeing family and friends along with other tasks like shopping, card mailing, and cooking can send anyone into a tizzy. Just when you think you’ve had enough, another invitation comes in the mail or worse, you get a phone call from the in-laws that they are coming over a day early. While some things are inevitable, you should let it ruin your holiday spirit! If you find your Christmas spirit fading fast, we have some ways to help alleviate the Christmas burnout you may be experiencing.
Choose what your priorities are.
We all know we can’t do everything we want. So make sure to streamline your priorities. Figure out what you really want to do and take it from there. The quickest way to set yourself up for a holiday burnout is to spread yourself too thin. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, it’s time to sit and look over all the things you have to do and cross out the ones you don’t need or really want to do.
Don’t do everything yourself.
If you are married, ask your partner for his/her help. We all think we can do it all but ultimately trying to do everything ourselves leaves us running on empty. Instead, delegate tasks to your spouse or even to family and friends.
Be careful to not overcommit.
The last thing you want to do is overcommit yourself. Remember you don’t have to attend every party you get invited to. If you feel bad for not attending every party, make sure to send a thank you note for the invitation. If you try to go to all these parties, you’ll get up like this cat.
Spend some time alone.
Sometimes you just need a little bit of rest and relaxation from all the holiday hustle and bustle. So make sure to segment some time where you can have some “me” time and do whatever you want…as long as it not more holiday chores! Your mind and body will thank you.
Communicate with your family about your plans.
Often times, things do not go according to plan because no one communicates with each other. Instead, be direct and tell you family exactly what you expect or want to do. This can eliminate unexpected surprises. If they try to guilt you about being honest, talk to them about their emotions and explain why you want things a certain way.
Get your shopping done early.
Want an easy way to avoid burnout and unwanted stress? Do all your shopping early to get it done and out of the way. You don’t want to deal with the hassle of crowded malls and last minute gifts. If you prefer to not deal with the mall at all, there’s always online shopping as well.
You don’t have to get burnt out during the holidays. Just make sure to not stress out if you can’t accomplish everything on your list. We hope you keep your holiday spirit burning bright as ever!