What on earth is Christmas fatigue anyway??
Christmas fatigue is more common than you might think. It’s the one time of the year that apparently we need to catch up with everyone we have ever known in our life. We must do more dinners, more lunches, more baking of treats and more buying of presents.
It’s more important that you enjoy this time of the year and this involves understanding that doing too much will cause fatigue. Maybe it’s time to say NO to those friends you only ever see once a year and organise a catch up in the New Year. Maybe it’s time to buy cookies from the supermarket (yes it is not illegal to do this and doesn’t make you a bad mum) and send your kid to school with that instead. Maybe it’s time to only buy something special for someone special.
So how do you know if you are suffering from Christmas fatigue:
- When you start forgetting important things. When you find yourself lacking focus and forgetting important events or meetings, this is the first warning sign you may be heading towards Christmas fatigue. I forget things at the best of times – but lately ..argh… I am struggling to remember what bloody day it is.
- When you’re not taking care of yourself. This is a popular one, especially with women as we often put others before ourselves. With all the festivities including too much eating, drinking and late nights, spending a little time making sure you are trying to balance it with some healthy stuff too. Is cheese and wine considered a healthy combination?
- When you are lacking motivation. With so much going on around you, everyone trying to fit in more than what’s possible in the average day, it can drain you of all your energy. I am struggling to get out of bed someday because I know what each entails and sometimes I don’t know if I actually have any energy left. When you are feeling like this, Christmas fatigue may be setting in.
- Sleep – what sleep!!! When you wake up and your brain is going 100 miles an hour and you are checking that list, and then checking it twice – you know you are bloody knackered. Having quality sleep beats quantity anyway – so write what you need to do tomorrow and LET IT GO.
- When you think Depression maybe settling in. It’s interesting how depression can sneak into the most festive of seasons, and this is simply due to over doing it and just being tired. If you are feeling like things are getting on top of you, please don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are so many beautiful people out there in your corner. I promise.
- When there is conflict at home and work. Between finalising all the crap at work and keeping everyone happy at home, exhaustion can set in pretty quickly. As a mother of 4, trying to keep the peace, remember who is doing what and where and the needs of my clients, I’m stuffed. Time for a wine I think..shhh.
- When you have lost your appetite. OK – I sometimes wish this is what would happen to me this time of the year but for some, it can actually be quite dangerous. I never struggle with this – I say eat more cheese, crackers and wash it all down with – yes you are right – champagne.
- When the negative is winning the war. If you are normally a glass half full person but lately everything seems to be half empty, it’s time to look into whether you are suffering Christmas burnout. No one likes to be around a downer this time of year so I say fill that bloody glass up and RELAX.
- When you’re pleasing EVERYONE. What can I say to this – STOP. You can’t always make it to every event. You don’t always have time to bake those cookies for kids break up. Stop with the pressure.
Are you shuddering from Christmas fatigue?
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