7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Burnout

By Tiffiny J. Fambro | Health

Nov 26
family at holidays

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The holidays can be a time of fun and celebration with family and friends. In the U.S. many families travel long distances to see each other.

Although the holidays can be filled with joy, they can also be stressful and overwhelming. However, there are simple ways that you can make sure you don’t experience burnout during the holiday season.

How to Avoid Holiday Burnout

Here are 7 tips to avoid holiday burnout and still enjoy your time:

  1. Plan ahead of time
  2. Keep things simple
  3. Delegate responsibilities
  4. Don’t overcommit – say no
  5. Schedule a post holiday self-care activity
  6. Create a daily stress management regimen
  7. Get plenty of sleep

Let dive deeper into these tips below.

woman at Christmas tree

1. Plan Ahead of Time

Whether you are traveling to visit family or hosting an event at your home, be willing to plan 2 to 3 months ahead of time. Planning ahead of time will eliminate the stress of worrying about getting things done at the last minute. It will also help you envision any challenges that you may need to deal with during the event.

2. Keep Things Simple

Don’t try to overcomplicate the holiday event or travel. If you are hosting an event, then do some simple cleaning, organizing, and decorating. If needed, ask for help or hire someone to help you get things ready. Either way, don’t overdo the holiday- just do enough to enjoy your time.

3. Delegate Responsibilities

Be willing to delegate responsibilities to other people. If you are planning a family vacation for the holidays, ask your spouse or sibling to take on one piece so you are not overwhelmed. If you are hosting an event, hire a caterer or maid to help you get prepared. The point is to not feel like you have to do all the work by yourself- ask for help.

4. Don’t Overcommit

We can sometimes make the mistake of overcommitting around the holidays. We may get invited to tons of events such as holiday work parties, girls’ night out holiday events, parties with friends, and other family members events. You will need to be able to say no to some of the events. Trying to attend multiple events may wear you out and drain your energy. Focus on 1 or 2 events that you want to attend and attend those events and enjoy yourself.

5. Schedule Self-Care

Weeks before the event, schedule time for a self-care activity either during or after the event. This will give you time to de-stress and refocus on your own joy. This will also help you to stay calm and peaceful so that you don’t let small annoyances get you frustrated.

6. Create a Daily Stress Management Regimen

If you have not done so already, be sure to create a daily stress management regimen. It can be a simple morning or evening routine where your journal your feelings, meditate, or take a warm bath. Create a set of daily habits that help you proactively overcome stress.

7. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is important to our body’s overall functionality. Sleep gives our body time to repair, recover, and re-energize from the day. When we don’t get enough sleep, we often are easily irritated, have low energy, and are not able to function at our best. So, make sure that you are getting enough sleep during the holiday season to stay energized and in good spirits.


The holidays can be an exciting yet stressful time of the year. Make sure you don’t let burnout spoil your fun. Have a plan in place to avoid holiday burnout and stay focused on spending time with people that bring your joy.


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About the Author

Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love

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