How To Avoid The Year-End Burn-Out
If you’re not feeling it already then it’s likely to hit you next week. As November draws to a close and December is just around the corner, the official year-end is upon us.
Outside, we’re being tempted to slow down, retreat, stay warm.
Yet on the inside – our minds are racing.
We’re jam-packing in Christmas catch-ups whilst still trying to get that list of projects finalised at work. You want to be seen to have done a great job and, to end the year on a high note (by hitting those targets and submitting exceptional plans for 2019) feels like the way to do it.
You also want to be getting home sooner (of course! it’s darker now and who wants to be out in the cold?) and spending more time with loved ones. The festive lights, carols chiming in the shops, everything is inviting us to focus on love, giving, celebration – yet, are we listening?
What if this year, this year-end specifically, could feel a whole lot different to what you’re used to? What if you could be social, be productive at work, and still get home in time to rest on the couch?
Here’s 3 simple ways to release yourself from the year-end pressure cooker, and instead bring more calm and peace to the season
- Tune back in to what really matters to you.
Set an intention for this month: What is most important to you? If it’s meeting those targets at work, great! But then it’s also up to you to communicate that to yourself (and others in your life that could be tugging on your time and energy). Whatever it is you choose, when you’ve got that sense of clarity, you can also let go of the stress, tension and guilt for not doing the other things more easily.
- Make conscious choices daily.
How do you set off each morning? Is it in a panic? Rushed? It may seem obvious to say – but each new day, is a brand new day. And, what you have control over is how you choose to show up for it. What choice will you make each day? A simple statement each day “Today I choose to be…” is enough to keep that choice in your conscious mind. You could even choose to put it on your phone home-screen, in your diary, or literally say it out loud as you leave the house each day.
- Reality check.
If you’re feeling yourself get caught up in the frenzy of “this must be done before the end of the year!”, catch yourself and interrupt the thought with a reality check. After all, isn’t December just another month? With 31 days in it? What makes it so different to November or even July? Yes, there may be certain deadlines that ‘have’ to be met, but if they’re causing you more stress and anxiety, ask yourself what the real difference is between finishing it now versus next month.
I had a mentor that used to say “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”. Given that most people are in the same boat as you – busy and burnt out at year-end – there may just be some wriggle room in choosing what is most important for this month versus not so important. And that could be all you need to release that pressure valve. The classic Urgent/Not Urgent matrix is a super handy tool for prioritisation. While it’s often referred to in a work context, I think it’s just as applicable and valuable in our personal lives.
Looking forward to the holidays but worried about the ‘burn out’ and exhaustion that so many of us feel at this time of year? Join us for Danielle’s “Refresh & Recharge Wellbeing Workshop” on Saturday 1st December. Click here to book…
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