The holiday season can be a magical time of year, but it can also be incredibly stressful when your plate is already full. Between holiday parties, shopping, family gatherings, and work-related obligations, our calendars fill up quickly and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at work and at home. With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to step back and recalibrate your work-life balance. Here are a few tips to help avoid holiday burnout and get a fresh start for the new year.
- Plan ahead, whether on or off the clock.
Prevent the stress of last-minute planning. Put together a schedule of events, meetings, and invitations to keep yourself organized. Then, choose the events that matter most to you and schedule them in advance. It’s ok to say no or suggest putting off the event until after the new year. This will help keep you stress-free and focused on the events you do attend.
- Prioritize wellness and self-care, for you and your team.
Amid all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to prioritize self-care. Make sure you get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and eat nutritious foods. If you start feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to meditate or take a brief walk to get some fresh air. This can help you to gather your thoughts, reduce stress, and re-energize. And don’t forget to check in on your teammates and remind them to do the same.
- Be present and focused on having meaningful conversations.
Take time to connect with others by being present during holiday conversations. Whether it’s a holiday networking event or time with the family, engage in meaningful discussions and ask questions. You may even learn something new about a client, colleague, or relative!
- Set boundaries.
It’s easy to over commit during the holiday season, so establish boundaries. If you’re working remotely, be sure to set work-life boundaries. This will bring balance to your schedule and help you stay organized. If you’re planning family gatherings or events, don’t feel compelled to do everything. Allow others to share duties and make it a collaborative/team effort.
- Establish realistic goals.
As the new year approaches, it’s important to set realistic goals for the year ahead. Whether it’s focusing on career growth, a new initiative at work, or improving your health, be intentional about what you want to achieve and take small, actionable steps towards those goals. Encourage your teammates to do the same and make a point to check in on them from time to time, especially as you head into the new year. This will help keep you—and your teammates! — on track.
Yes, the holiday seasons can be stressful, but using these strategies, combined with a strong work-life balance, it’s possible you’ll have more time to spend more time enjoying them. This holiday season, take some time for yourself, establish realistic goals, and start the new year feeling refreshed. You’ll be ready to take on whatever comes your way!
We’ll revisit the topic of career growth and goal setting in our next blog. Stay tuned…