Did you know that 45% of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas?*
Holiday stress is real and it’s continuously growing. Among those who want to skip Christmas, 69% of people feel an increase in stress due to lack of time and money. 51% feel the pressure of stress about giving or getting gifts.
These numbers drastically increase with each passing year. Unfortunately, there is no “secret sauce” for completely avoiding holiday burnout. However, there are 5 secrets and tips to prevent holiday burnout from happening. I encourage you to read through the list and decide for yourself which ones you will be working on this year.
5 Guilt-Free Holiday Burnout Tips
1. Say No
It’s perfectly okay to say “no” when people ask you to do something, especially if your something turns into several projects. If you’re thinking to yourself, I hate saying no, then consider reading the following article, “5 Ways to Say No” by clicking HERE.
2. Selective Sign-ups
Signup sheets will be passing through your hands these next few months. There will be school projects, church activities, community events, and even family get-togethers and affairs. It’s important to sign up for what you can do, not what you want to do.
Limit yourself to one or two things that will not take a lot of time. For example, baking cookies can be enjoyable if you include children or grandchildren in the cooking fun. When you consider your options for volunteering your time, ask yourself, “will this take time away from my family?” Gauge your response based on this question.
The key is to prevent holiday burnout, not create opportunities for stress and guilt. I’ll say this again, it’s okay to say no.
3. Focus on Family
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year is about family. This is where your focus should be. If your attention is going elsewhere then you need to pause and ask yourself if these are the activities that you want to be doing. Is this something you want to give your time and attention to doing?
4. Plan Ahead
Grab a piece of paper or pull out your phone and list all of your responsibilities for each holiday. Will you be visiting family for Thanksgiving and have been asked to bring the rolls? Write that down. The more detailed and organized you are in creating your lists the better off you are setting yourself up for success.
With your list created you can look and determine what is necessary and which activities, if possible, you can delegate or cut out. When you decide to delegate or cut something out of your schedule, remember to effectively communicate this with the other person. Remember, you want to communicate so you will not be misunderstood.
Don’t be afraid to delegate certain tasks and responsibilities to other people. I promise the world isn’t going to fall apart if you don’t bake your secret recipe, get that perfect gift, spend tons of money on the secret Santa Christmas tree project, or dedicate several hours to visiting the elderly.
Please don’t misunderstand, all of these things are great activities and worthwhile pursuits. Yet, you need to determine which activity will help prevent holiday burnout and help you focus more on your family. It’s better to focus on one or two things rather than six or seven if you want to provide help and quality to those you will be with for that time.
In the meantime, don’t be afraid to ask your parents, spouse, children, or friends to help you. We are all here to help each other.
So remember, to prevent holiday burnout don’t be afraid to say no, be selective in your sign-ups, focus on your family, plan ahead, and delegate any responsibilities you can.
The key is to prevent and I promise as you minimize your holiday and focus on what’s really important you will find your time is richly rewarded in what matters the most.
What do you do to prevent holiday burnout? Leave a comment and let us know below.
*Please feel free to read more about the survey conducted by Think Finance HERE.
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