The time around December is when the exhaustion kicks in. For most of us, it feels like we are crossing the finishing line to a long marathon, but we have to start the next race immediately after. Whether you are a stay-at-home mother who has to take care of endless chores or you are an earning lady who has to manage many roles, everyone feels a little drained around the end of the year.
On top of all the chores and responsibilities, the pressures of the holidays add more stress. This increases the risk of burnout. However, the year-end is also a valuable time as you spend quality time with your loved ones and plan out the upcoming year. Having a breakdown or a meltdown can throw things off for you.
To help you stay on top of the game this time around, we have come up with some helpful tips!
Step away from technology
Holiday season with your loved ones is the perfect time to step away from your phone. Make a conscious decision to limit screen time even if it’s something like watching the television. Always try to talk to each other instead. This is also called digital detox. People who have tried it loved the experience.
If you have a short holiday, then simply shorten your detox time, but do try it out. It is good enough even if you practice it for a few hours. Like leaving the phone in the car when you are meeting a friend outside would be a good start. Close your laptop and put your phone away until you really need it. It really helps you to start living in the moment.
It is a scientific fact that practicing gratitude makes you happier. It can be hard to count your blessings if you are dealing with something like a breakup or even loss of a job. In such a case, write down three things that you are grateful for. It will help in changing your outlook on life.
Another habit that is underappreciated is to look for the things that you are going to be grateful for. This is especially helpful if you are trying to form a new habit or kick an old one. Half of the battle is won when your mind accepts the changes that you want to make.
Start keeping a journal
It is crazy how our mind works! If you align your mind with what you want it to go, it is more likely to go there. One of the most effective ways to do that is to maintain a future journal. All you have to do is write a journal that is dated one year ahead. Write down all the things you will achieve in the next year and what all you are grateful for.
It is not the same as setting a new year’s resolution. With a resolution, you set an intention, but with future journaling, you look back on the results of fulfilling your intention. When you write down how you feel after achieving all your goals, it will help you want to achieve them more.
The last few weeks of the year are the hardest to cope with. While many are already planning for the next year, some of us are anxious and overwhelmed. But all of those negative emotions can be taken care of with a few productive steps.
The end-of-the-year syndrome is a reality for many people. But there are effective ways to deal with it and move on. Confiding in your loved ones and your friends will also help you in getting over the period. You have to remember that this feeling is not going to last forever.