The beginning of November seems to bring with it an abrupt start to the holiday season. Target is decked out in green and red and has blow-up Santas lining the aisles. People start talking about Thanksgiving plans as if it’s tomorrow, and Spotify starts recommending Christmas music for your daily commute to work. With all of the exciting holiday festivities picking up, so does the chance of holiday burnout. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your holiday spirit alive!
The most stressful thing you can do is to wait until the last minute to get all of your shopping done, but year after year, people do it. Don't be one of those people. Shop early to avoid the chance of delayed shipping, lost packages, and the overall rushed feeling that comes with last-minute shopping.
If the crowds stress you out, avoid them. In this day and age, there is no need to stress out, standing in a line that goes around the building. Just open up your laptop in the comfort of your home and enjoy a nice cup of tea while searching for those perfect gifts. May we suggest giving the gift of atōst? Not only can you shop our aperitivos any time during the day or night, but you will also not need to stress over crowds, lines, and parking problems. Plus, shopping locally is a great way to cut down on your gift’s travel time, support small businesses, and give your loved ones a meaningful gift!
Don't overcommit yourself.
Commit to attending some social events, but why push yourself to attend them all? Instead, schedule some time for yourself to wind down and relax. It’s not a crime to pass on a few happy hours or dinner parties. Sometimes we need to refill our cup– socially and aperitivo-ly if you know what we mean ;)
Ask for help.
We need to say it three times because a common weakness among high-achievers is that they don't delegate enough. They often do things better and faster than most people, so they are chronic do-it-yourselfers. However, doing everything yourself puts you on the fast track to burnout. So, especially during this hustling, bustling season, don't be shy about delegating. Ask for help from family members in picking up some of the supplies or groceries you need for the holiday party you’re hosting. This will give you more time to slow down and make sure your house is full of party essentials and your bar cart is full of atōst!
So, slow down. Take in all the lovely sights and sounds that are traditional for this time of year ... the turkey, the pumpkins, the pies, the lights, the cinammon, the chestnuts, and all of the other things that make the holidays special. Make sure to relax and share quality time with family and friends. If you give yourself the time to rejuvenate during the holidays, you'll be ready to take on the challenges of the new year with renewed energy.