Once again, the holiday season is upon us. Between cooking and cleaning and shopping, our time is even more stretched than normal. This is especially true for working Moms, because we have that extra hat upon our head. So, I thought I would share my best tips to avoid working Mom burnout during the holiday season.
Let me preface this by saying that I really struggle sometimes with these tips, even though I know that they really do help. Working Mom burnout is a real thing, especially if you work retail or as a healthcare worker. I have done both, and it never goes away.
But, you can make it more manageable. Because at the end of the holiday season, you still have everything that is important to you. Just minus the stress and the burnout of being a working Mom.
Make Sure You’re Eating Properly
This may seem like it should already be ingrained in our heads. But with so much going on, it may be tempting to just grab all the junk food that people bring to work during the holiday season. Treats are fine, just don’t let them be your main meal.
Some tips to help with eating properly include:
- Bringing some healthy snacks like carrots with ranch dip, sliced peppers with hummus, or a healthy snack of mixed nuts.
- Pack your own lunch. As Moms, we don’t want to waste food. So if you bring a healthy lunch from home, you are less likely to make unhealthy foods your main focus.
- Avoid sugary drinks while on your meal or your break.
- Drink a glass of water before you start eating.
Drink Plenty Of Water To Prevent Physical Burnout
Speaking of water, staying hydrated will go a long way to cutting down on working Mom burnout. You will find yourself more alert and able to concentrate better. On the downside, you may need more bathroom breaks.
Dehydration can lead a decreased energy level, which, in turn, cause you to be less efficient when you are working. This may lead to increased holiday stress, and who needs to add that to your feelings of guilt while working.
Add a slice of lemon or strawberry to add some fun flavor to it. Or a few drops of a sugar-free drink flavor. Whatever you need, make sure you stay hydrated. Here are some great tips for drinking more water.
Close Your Eyes During A Break To Cut Down On Visual Stress
Another basic concept that goes a long, long way. Sometimes seeing a desk full of paper and post-it notes can skyrocket your working stress. By closing your eyes and blocking it out, you may relax enough to tackle it again.
Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes(depending on the length of your break)and just keep your eyes closed. I tend to sit and remember great holiday memories. Or dream about our vacations to Sandals. It is our happy place!
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Other tips for your “visual time out” is imagining your holiday decorations, a favorite Christmas memory, or just seeing nothing for a bit. Just do whatever works best for you.
Sing Some Tunes To Avoid Working Mom Burnout
If you are gifted with a good voice, sing it out loud. If you are like me, singing in your head is just fine. The songs can be fun & happy holiday tunes. Or perhaps a soothing classic song. Or, if you are like me, a good and angry rock song goes a long way.
I have to share a funny story. Last week at work, the theme song for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was on, and a customer caught me bee-bopping and singing. We were both laughing, and it was a great way to lighten my grumpy mood at the time.
So do whatever works best for you to decrease the burnout and guilt.
Call Or Text Your Family For A Pick-Me-Up
The quick connection to your family will remind you why you are working during the holiday season, and remind you that you will be home with them very soon.
My husband and my MIL are really good about receiving one of my “vent texts”. They know that getting my frustrations out really helps me to refocus on why I am there. And, my husband is especially great at reminding that I am good at what I do, and that helps me to keep going.
And generally a call to my husband to talk about life after work helps as well. What we need to do or where we have to go, and even figuring out what is for dinner is the perfect antidote to a bad shift.
Read An Inspiring Book To Help With The Burnout
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know I have a book obsession. It is a great stress relief. Pick a favorite, and indulge yourself.
Since I work in a bookstore, I obviously have tons of books at my disposal to enjoy on a break, then purchase & take home to finish. Here are a few of my favorite titles(these links are not affiliate links):
- Sink Reflections by Martha Cilley. When I use her method of keeping the house tidy, I find that I can take that stress off my list.
- Kitchen Christmas Made Easy. Recipes to take the stress out of holiday cooking.
As A Working Mom,Take A Break From Home Stress
Sometimes, you just have to throw your arms up in the air and cry “Uncle” when it comes to housework during the holiday season. Or, make things a little bit easier by lowering your expectations. You don’t have to be perfectly clean. If you have done your Fall cleaning, your home should be under control. A quick dust of your living spaces, a swipe of the bathrooms, and a vacuum should suffice.
Another thing you can do to alleviate your stress at home is to cut down on your Christmas decorating. Set limits on spending, or even buy pre-baked desserts for your holiday table. Whatever makes your life simpler can go a long way to alleviating working Mom burnout.
Forgive Yourself For Having Working Mom Burnout
This is probably the most important tip for avoiding working Mom burnout: stop blaming yourself for having to work. Life happens. There are bills to pay. Or college tuition for your kids. Whatever the reasons are, don’t beat yourself up over it. Keep moving forward, one day at a time. Easier said than done, but extremely important.
Items To Pamper Yourself After The Work Day
So now that we got through the 8 tips to avoid working Mom burnout, how about some fun things to help you after a long day at work. Don’t feel bad about pampering yourself. It will go a long way, and will help you have a more enjoyable day at home.
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