Tips for Avoiding Holiday Burnout
Patricia Freidel, DO, Internal Medicine
Despite the progress women have made in the workplace, we still tend to be in charge of making the holidays merry and bright for our families. So during December, in addition to our jobs, housework and childcare, we’re also primarily responsible for many holiday tasks. This includes things like shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals and baking cookies, wrapping presents, juggling the social calendar, and keeping all of the family Christmas traditions alive.
I want all moms to be able to enjoy the season. That’s why I’m sharing tips that help me focus on what’s most important during the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Make a list of what’s most important
Focus on doing just a few things that mean the most to you and your family. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t put up all the Christmas decorations or clean every inch of the house. Enjoy what you can and forget about the rest. Christmas is about enjoying your family and friends.
Ask for help
Moms often feel like they have to do it all. But other family members are perfectly capable of lending a hand. And remember, it’s okay if they do things differently than you.
There’s no such thing as the “perfect” holiday. So what if the kids were jacked up on Christmas cookies and knocked down some decorations. Often, it’s holiday mishaps that make the fondest family memories. A child’s excitement can sometimes look like misbehavior, but don't try to control everything. Try to watch the spirit of Christmas through their eyes.
Set spending limits ahead of time and stick to them. Overspending now causes regret in January. Instead of gifting all extended family, see if you can draw names. Make sure your kids know Santa can’t give them everything they want. And remember, in a couple years the kids will forget what they got this Christmas. They will remember the moments you were present with them enjoying the magic of Christmas.
It’s okay to say “no” to an invitation
Overscheduling during the holidays makes parents stressed and kids cranky. You don’t have to attend the holiday choral concert or take part in the annual cookie-baking party. Focus on spending time with those who matter most in your life.
Take time for yourself
Take a nap, go for a walk, enjoy some quiet time. Do whatever helps you relax and recharge.
I hope these stress-busting tips are as helpful for you as they are for me. Happy holidays.
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Provided by: Patricia Freidel, DO, Highpoint Health Physician Partners, Aurora Family and Internal Medicine
To learn more, contact Dr. Freidel at 812-926-0791.