Brace yourself because the holiday season is in full swing which means we’ve almost made it another year! While the four weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas are magical, they can often lead towards burnout and feeling less than enchanted at the turn of the new year.
Despite this time of year, many clients approach us with problems that sound along the lines of “my life is out of control; I’m overwhelmed and have no idea where to start”. Well, we have good news! Rest assured, it will be okay and with a little help, things will get better. Here are a few of our most common tips to stay ahead of the curve and avoid burnout:
Delegate by starting with the small things first: This one sounds so simple, yet nearly everyone we speak with says they have no clue where to begin and let’s face it, delegating is hard. Ask yourself, what brings you anxiety? Does the thought of having to run multiples errands, such as shopping with the holiday crowds stress you out? Do you dislike cooking or has unhealthy eating left you feeling icky? No time for keeping up with your home? While these may sound trivial, they can create a mountain of emotions when your life is running at full speed.
Once the small things have been identified, we can work into larger problems, such as establishing filing systems to rearranging closets and organizing garages full of tools and supplies. Decluttering creates a sense of calm and peace. Why do it alone when we can help you put one foot in front of the other. Identifying what brings you anxiety is the first step in lifting the weight off your shoulders and onto ours instead.
Let us help you plan ahead: Our motto? We’ll check your calendar and check it twice. Keeping up with schedules can be a struggle, especially if you are managing multiple priorities. One of the ways we help even the busiest of clients is by managing their calendars; providing event reminders such as birthdays, spousal and staff anniversaries allowing us to keep these items on our radar and off yours.
Schedule time for yourself: Whether you are a high performing executive, dual working family or single parent, the importance of taking time for yourself cannot be stressed enough. While it may not be easy, breaking away for some “me” time will allow your mind and body to recover from the stress and demands of life. This can also be done in any number of ways. If pressed for time, schedule an express pedicure or have lunch with a friend. Day trips and weekend getaways are even better when trying to unwind. With several great destinations within a short drive from the Piedmont such as Primland in Meadows of Dan, The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, Chetola in Blowing Rock and Sanderling in Duck, there are many options to fit a variety of tastes, needs and schedules.
Just say “no”: Politely declining is difficult to master; however, for the sake of your sanity, it may be necessary. If you find your schedule packed with several commitments, choose events that are truly meaningful and/or required. Once this has been mastered and you have found free time, schedule time for yourself next.
When you have no idea where to start, lifestyle managers are the extra set of hands that can help with relieving the pressure and regaining control of your life in a number of ways.Contact Us to learn more about the ways we can partner together to help bring balance to your life.
Work-life Solutions is also offering Gift Wrapping Services for this holiday season. For more details, check out the link below.