How can we avoid New Year burnout?
Christmas and the lead up to it, can often cause us to burn the candle at both ends, with –
- endless parties,
- children’s nativity plays,
- food preparation,
- shopping for Christmas gifts,
- visiting relatives.
This causes extra physical and mental stress, when added to the normal workload that most people struggle with everyday. This leaves hardly any time for any sort of ‘me time’, and can lead to New Year burnout.
Worse still, the stress of all this can bring about total physical and mental burnout come the New Year.
So what can you do to help prevent meltdowns during the Yuletide season, as well as New Year burnout?
Here are some simple changes you can make to ease your workload, and in turn your stress levels:
- Buy the majority, if not all, of your Christmas gifts online, and get them delivered straight to your door. Some companies will even gift wrap them for you!
- Give the ‘difficult to buy for’ members of the family a gift voucher for their favourite store.
- Donate the money you would normally spend on Christmas cards to a worthwhile charity. And give Seasons Greetings to family and friends when you see them, or via social media.
- Do an online grocery shop for the non-perishable items you will need, and get it delivered a couple of weeks before Christmas Eve.
- Pre-order the perishable food items, from the butchers, farm shop or fruit and vegetable store. Then all you need to do is collect it all on Christmas Eve, or get someone else to do it for you!
- If you’re really strapped for time, why not order pre-prepared meat, vegetables and desserts, which just need to be popped in the oven or the microwave? Get them delivered on Christmas Eve, or the day before. But remember to book your delivery slot in good time!
Still finding it too much, and can’t hold the stress in any longer?
Try this simple technique to calm your nerves and let it all go:
- First of all, focus on the problem at hand, how you’re feeling or why you’re stressed. For example:
- ‘I’m annoyed with my partner for not helping me with the Christmas preparations’, or
- ‘My boss expects me to work late on Christmas Eve, and I’m really angry!’ or
- ‘The family disagreements whilst we play games are upsetting me.’
- Then, with the thumb of one hand massage very gently on the side of the other thumb, right at the base of the side of the nail. Follow with each finger in the same way. Massage for about 3 or 4 seconds on each. Do the same with the other thumb to the thumb and fingers on the other hand.
- Continue doing this until you feel relief from the problem. You may find that a different problem pops into your mind. If it does, focus on that whilst massaging the fingers one by one.
This technique is a discreet form of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which you can do at anytime. Even in front of the person who is the cause of your annoyance!
Give it a go next time you’re feeling stressed, and avoid that New Year burnout!
A bit of information about EFT
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, is a technique that I came across not long after I was diagnosed with M.E. I was so amazed at the benefits that I later trained in the practice, to enable me to help others with it.
Whenever we get upset, frightened or anxious, or have some sort of trauma in our life, blockages are created in the pathways of our energy system. These blockages cause our energy flow to slow down, disrupting the natural frequency we’re meant to be at, where energy flows freely through us.
EFT can be used in many areas of our life, including
- emotional issues,
- energy blockages,
- phobias and
- physical symptoms
The list is endless and, not only that, it’s a very simple technique to learn and to use whenever and wherever you are. It restores the body’s energy balance, and can rid us of negative emotions and even physical pain.