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Get Through the Holidays Without Burning Out

Updated: May 29, 2022

This end-of-year entanglement runs the risk of resulting in personal and professional burnout. And we don’t want that.



Holidays Without Burning Out

Christmas lights can burn out, you should not.


The holiday season is a whirlwind of gift wrap and deadlines. Holiday engagements on top of a loaded work agenda may have you wide eyed when you should be sleeping. This end of year entanglement runs the risk of resulting in personal and professional burnout. And we don’t want that.


Burnout really is a response to stress. It's a response to frustration. It's a response to a demand that an individual may make upon themself in terms of a requirement for perfectionism or drive,” Herbert Freudenberger, the psychologist who coined the term burnout, said in an audio clip via NPR’s All Things Considered. As your desk becomes ornamented with to-do lists, check-in with yourself for budding symptoms of burnout.


Mayo Clinic suggests asking yourself a series of questions. “Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements? Have your sleep habits changed? Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?” If you’re shouting yes, consider rescheduling the virtual gift wrapping rendezvous for a little you time.


The benefits of gifting yourself time off are invaluable. Recognizing that personal renewal is essential for sustained productivity opens the door to doubling down on caring about ourselves as a way of handling redoubled work loads,” Brett Steenbarger, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical College, writes for Forbes.


With these easy to manage steps, you’ll wrap up the holiday season with a big, shiny bow instead of forging ahead until you swear off email entirely in the new year.