There are some basic tools at our disposal for overcoming the accumulated fatigue we build up during the year – like exercise, outside time, and mindfulness – but I also believe that setting yourself up for success is really important. Most of us work right up to the last minute before the holidays, so we’re already exhausted when they start. We need to be conscious of this in order to minimise the negative impact.
Consider your whole family unit as you go into Christmas and be aware of how everybody is transitioning into holiday mode. Most parents are tired and stressed for a variety of reasons. The kids are excited, but they're also burnt out at the end of the year. Plus, its common to get sick as you go into the holidays because your resilience and immunity is down. If you just switch from intense work mode to intense holiday mode, you might come undone, so it helps to seek a transition that gets everybody ready.
In the lead up to the break, try to slow the pace and put processes in place to make the adjustment a smooth one. Make sure you’re considering ways everyone can get good food and sleep, and create the opportunity for everyone to start with a little personal or quiet time. And try to not get carried away with the festive spirit on day one. You can’t throw yourself into a Christmas party binge and expect to wake up the next day feeling great.