We’re now entering the holiday season of 2021, and didn’t the year just fly by?
With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year vibes in the air, the holiday spirit is getting high, but there’s one problem; burnout rates are lurking around the corner. As cozy and exciting as the holidays can be, it’s not uncommon for a lot of people all over the world to experience extra stress due to an increase in social engagement plus a tighter workload demand. Before they know it, their emotional tanks become empty, and they’re hit with a holiday burnout.
Burnout around the holiday is like an ‘’upgraded’’ version of holiday stress. If you feel your motivation plummeting, your energy depleted, you’re getting more frustrated (with a side of fatigue) every day, you’re likely experiencing burnout or about to. Let’s see how holiday stress can be managed.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Maybe you happened to take on way too many responsibilities and now you’re trying to micromanage and squeeze everything in. A simple step is to simply ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t necessarily mean to ‘’delegate’’ your stress to others, an extra hand to help with errands, reunion or social activities, networking and easy admin tasks can help a million. This gives your mental space a bit of leeway.
Get your sweat on, Pilates and Yoga are two practices particularly effective to combat stress. Have a look through Moving Mango’s Youtube workout library for a diverse range of calming Pilates to Barre, Yogalates and so much more. Cardio exercises like jumping rope, dancing, and boxing are also perfect.
No one ever regrets accomplishing a good workout, not to mention exercising is incredible for your brain and mental wellbeing. It increases your heart rate, helps to pump more O2 to the brain, and releases beneficial neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine to ease your stress and anxiety.
Sometimes, we also find a good, top-of-your-voice scream works too, let it all out!
Book a ‘’me-time’’
Allow yourself time out on constant social engagements to focus on your wellbeing. Have a spa day, do some self-pampering, tap into calming hobbies like reading, Netflixing, or playing an instrument. Give meditation a try if you haven’t done so already. Since we’re at it, remember to prioritize quality sleep to recharge!
Redefine your holiday
What does the holiday mean to you? Take a step back to think about it. The holiday doesn’t have to be about taking on more responsibilities on top of gathering and partying. If you expect absolute holiday perfection every year, you’re adding a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself, and you will be more prone to fatigue. Take it slow, enjoy the holiday for what it is and focus on the significant things