The holidays can be a stressful time at work and at home, but these pointers can help you to slow down and enjoy the season.
Is your dental practice ratcheting up before the holidays? Tell me about it! Everyone wants to get their cleanings done, and all of the college kids are home for the holiday season. Let’s not forget the out-of-towners who can’t seem to find a new dentist in the city they live in, so they want their appointments as well. And somehow, we must fit in all of them.
Then there are the holidays to consider. Regardless of which ones you celebrate, this is a time of food, food and, let’s be honest, more food. That equals a lot of cooking, cleaning and shopping. There are also all of the events you’ll be invited to over the course of the next month. How are you going to get everything done?
How many of you are feeling overwhelmed? Trying to keep up with the Joneses is absolute nonsense, but you keep trying to do so. It’s time to make a change. I’m giving you permission to simplify your holiday season and keep your sanity. You do this by saying, “No, sorry, I can’t make it.” It really is that easy!
Here are a couple of additional pointers:
It’s hard to balance all the pressures that you have in your life. The reality is that you’re the only one who can slow it down. Remember what really matters, and it will put everything else in perspective. This is behavior that’s important to model for your own children, too.
Remember that you matter. Your falling apart is not an option. Make sure that you take care of yourself first and foremost. Just like on a plane when they’re giving instructions to put the oxygen mask on first before helping your child, this is your oxygen mask. Taking care of yourself is the gift to give yourself this holiday season!
If you’re struggling with burnout and feeling overwhelmed this time of year, write and tell me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.