Avoiding Holiday Burnout


The holidays are a busy time of year, where we often find ourselves with a ‘Christmas Hangover’ starting on December 26th. We have prepped and planned all month long and eaten more food and spent more money than we probably care to admit. It’s important to take care of yourself during the lead-up to the Holidays to avoid the crash that comes afterwards. Here are a few tips to ensure you enjoy the Holidays and don’t experience holiday burnout when they come to an end.

Eating a balanced diet

We know there are so many temptations during the holiday season. Trying to maintain a balanced diet as much as you can, while still enjoying all that holiday parties and dinners have to offer will keep you feeling your best. Watching how much sugar you eat can also help combat the crash that comes afterwards.


Even though it may be tempting to stay up later than you should be soaking up the holiday festivities, keeping a relatively normal sleep schedule will not only keep you feeling refreshed and ready to face the next function, but will make the transition from holiday mode back to work a lot easier.


Carve out time to unwind. This might look like having a bubble bath, reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee, going for a walk etc. Taking just a few moments out of your hectic day to refocus and relax will make the world of difference for your mental health!

Set Boundaries

Families aren’t perfect – there is usually at least one member that gets under your skin when faced with them at family gatherings. Maybe they talk about your weight, your relationship status or just generally cross the line with their table talk. Setting boundaries with friends and family to avoid those uncomfortable conversations is healthy and acceptable. It might be tough at first, but it could save you a night of anxiety and frustration!

Please follow your local guidelines on current COVID-19 protocols regarding gatherings this holiday season. Durand Health is wishing you all a safe, restful and enjoyable holiday season. We can’t wait to see you next year!


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