Christmas Chaos: Avoiding Holiday Burn Out

It’s December and the holiday season is upon us. With the constant hustle and bustle of the holiday season it’s easy to feel stressed and burnt out. Here are some helpful tips to keep from turning into the Grinch this holiday season!

1. Drink Water. This one goes for the whole year, but just do yourself the favor and throw in some water before you have another glass of eggnog.

2. Get Some Sleep! Listen, I get it, there’s plenty to keep you awake at night, but it’s been shown time and time again just how important sleep is, especially when cold season rolls around.

3. Turn Off the Tunes. Christmas music is fantastic, but sometimes it can help declutter your thoughts by turning off the tunes and taking a quick second or two to be mindful of the noises around you. Plus, you can only hear jingle bells done so many ways…

4. Be Present. With the way our economy works, the material side of the holidays always seems to over shadow the part about peace on earth and good will towards men, try not to stress about who gets what and just be present. Do stuff together as a family, make something fun, cuddle in bed with a Christmas movie (Elf is our favorite right now), just take the time to be present for your family and yourself.

5. Boundaries are Okay! I’m not sure how the rest of the world was raised, but growing up in an Irish Catholic household meant family was the end all be all, but that being said it’s okay to tell people no, and okay to set limits on yourself and your time. We visit three different sets of grandparents with our little guy for the holidays, and last year we tried to cram it into a 24 hour period. This year we took a step back and gave everyone there own day, but also set some boundaries along the way. Pleasing everyone can be hard and family is so important, but if rushing around to see everyone detracts from the actual act of spending time with family, it may be time to set some boundaries. (I may or may not have just done a research paper on the importance of boundaries and multigenerational relationships, so let me get off my soap box now.)

I know the list is short and sweet, and most of these are no brainers, but with the stress of the impending holidays on the way someone might need to see this before they go terrorize whoville.

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