There’s no time of year I love more than the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Houses are filled with the warm scents of delicious baked goods. Streets are aglow with twinkle lights. Groups of family and friends come together for dinner and some laughs.
It’s a busy time of year for us all, and while some people thrive in the hustle and bustle, there are others, like me, who can find it a little more than overwhelming. A quick glance at my upcoming full calendar can make me pause. The need to be socially “on” for hours at a time, as well as all the noise and sometimes confusion can be draining for introverts. As much as I love spending time with everyone I love, I know how important it is to be sure to carve out some time for myself. Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years on how to navigate the busiest time of the year without getting burned out:
• Set aside daily moments for yourself. During the holidays I will often stay up later than my husband and enjoy a cup of tea and a book beside the Christmas tree. If that doesn’t work, I will get up earlier than him to be sure I have a quiet moment alone.
• Find a quiet corner. When I attend a crowded holiday party, I will often seek out a space I can retreat to when I get overwhelmed. Most of my friends and family realize I sometimes I need a time out so they do not pause to wonder why I’ve gone to sit by myself for a minute or two. I will also occasionally grab a friend or my husband and ask them to come step away with me while I recharge a bit.
• Limit your commitments. You may feel pressure to agree to go to every event you’re invited to. Decide what events are your priority and attend those. Personally, I need quiet nights at home spent wrapping gifts and watching Christmas movies, so I make sure to leave time for that.
• Host your own gathering. My husband and I host New Year’s every year for our friends. This allows us to plan things as we prefer, so instead of attending an overly loud, rambunctious party, we have a handful of couples over for some good snacks and a few board games.
Do you have tips for navigating through this time of year? We’d love to see them in the comments.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!