The last quarter of the year can leave you exhausted if you aren’t careful. The time that you typically use for resting and recharging can quickly become filled with increased travel and social activities leading to decreased sleep and overall feeling of fatigue. This holiday fatigue can set you up for worsening depression or anxiety if you already suffer with those conditions.
It can also lead to irritability which can interfere with your social interactions, both personally and professionally. While you may not be able to totally slow down the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you can protect yourself from becoming fatigued to the point of impairment.
Here are 4 ways to get through the holidays in one piece.
1. Learn to Delegate
You do not have to do everything. There are people that can help take some of the burden off you if you are one of those individuals who is notorious for having an “I’ll just do it myself” mentality. By allowing others to help, you just might have the opportunity to enjoy the moment instead of missing out on the experience because you are so busy with tasks.
2. Take a Time-Out When Necessary
If you have multiple events in a short time span, take a break when necessary. Take the long way between events to give you a moment to breathe, step away for a few minutes for a quick mindfulness moment, or take a nap between events to recharge. You can still enjoy the moments that matter even if you aren’t there for every minute.