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Burnout & The Holiday Season- 5 Simple Strategies to Avoid the Holiday Madness

Yes, it's been a while, and I am excited about this time of the year! Many of you are in the frenzy of the year-end crunch and are running on fumes and exhaustion. You're dealing with:

  • Year-end performance reviews

  • Budget deadlines

  • Holiday events to attend/host or both

  • and oh, "what will I wear?" to each event, or "what fits me?"

  • Shopping, returns, supply chain issues, etc.

  • Menu planning, gift wrapping, and the perfect holiday card

  • End of the year planning for 2023, and let's not forget the vision board.

The list goes on and on, and by the time your PTO comes around, you're exhausted, resulting in overwhelm, overeating, over-drinking, and spending your vacation catching up on work and sleep, only to start again in January 2023. What will have changed?

As I reflect on this past year, when I fervently began studying and researching burnout and menopause in the workplace and the impact on high-performance women, there are two main reasons burnout remains at an all-time peak. First,

1). burnout is a systematic organizational problem and,

2). The symptoms are often addressed and not the cause.

As women who get things done on a high level, it is up to us to take responsibility for our health and well-being.

Here are five ways to consider implementing not to get sucked in during this holiday season. This is not your typical woo-sah list.

  1. Remember, the only thing you have complete control over is YOU. Not your family, not your kids, spouse, or significant other. Just you.

  2. Everything you do is a personal decision or choice. No one is forcing you to do anything. You're not a puppet on a string, so choose.

  3. Decide how you want to feel during this season and stick to it.

  4. Begin to listen to your default answers as it refers to the holiday season. We've become accustomed to auto-responses of busyness, overwhelm, and time constraints. Listen carefully to what you're saying.

  5. Become an observer of the chaos around you instead of being a part of it. When you begin to listen to others and watch the annual saga, often, this will make you laugh.

Capture the moments. Be present with those who matter. Remember, it's a season, not a day. And a significant challenge to remember is that all moments are not always for social media.

I'm excited to be launching my first masterclass in January 2023. Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays,

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